New Jersey Devils forward Patrick Maroon.

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St. Louis Son Coming Home, Blues Sign Pat Maroon

Maroon, the 30-year-old left winger attended Oakville High School and has played 10 years in the NHL.

July 10, 2018 - 1:26 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Blues have signed left winger Patrick Maroon. Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed the St. Louis native to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million.

Armstrong told, "Things picked up over the last few days, and last night about 10:30 p.m. I got a call from him and his representative saying they'd like to be part of the St. Louis Blues.

"This is a one-year opportunity for him to come back, hopefully play with some really good centermen and get back to that 27-goal performance he had in Edmonton, or close to it. We think he can help our team. I talked to some of our players about him, competing against him, and they spoke very highly about how hard he was to play against, how difficult he was to move in those high traffic areas. It's just another player we add to our group that makes us a little better than we were yesterday."

Maroon, 30, began his year with the Edmonton Oilers then was traded to New Jersey in February.

Generally known to be an enforcer throughout his seven years in the NHL (average of 45 total penalty minutes per season), Maroon is coming off the best offensive years of his career. He scored 17 goals last year, to follow up a career-high 27 goals in 2016-17.

He underwent back surgery at the beginning of May to repair a herniated disc, but is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp. 

Maroon was born in St. Louis and graduated from Oakville High School. In 13 career games against the Blues, Maroon has one goal and five assists.

The Maroon deal comes one week after the start of NHL free agency, when St. Louis signed forwards Tyler Bozak and David Perron, back-up goalie Chad Johnson. Also, St. Louis traded for forward Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres.