Free agent left winger Patrick Maroon signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with his hometown St. Louis Blues, the team announced Tuesday.
“We’re excited to add Pat Maroon to our group,” general manager Doug Armstrong said in a video on the team’s website. “…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.”
Maroon, 30, had 27 goals and 15 assists in 2016-17 with the Oilers before totaling 17 and 26, respectively, with the Oilers and Devils last season. He was dealt from Edmonton to New Jersey at the trade deadline for a third-round pick and a prospect.
The Athletic reported on Sunday that Maroon was expected to join the Blues, but later amended the report to say no deal was near completion and other teams remained in the running to sign Maroon.
Maroon, who was born in St. Louis and attended Oakville High School in St. Louis County, earned $2.1 million last season.
A sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, he broke into the league with the Anaheim Ducks in 2011 and spent parts of five seasons there before a trade to the Oilers in February 2016. He has 78 goals and 100 assists in 375 career games.
The Blues have been active this offseason, trading for Ryan O’Reilly and signing Tyler Bozak and David Perron before adding Maroon.
–Field Level Media