Pat Maroon, Captain of Moral for the St. Louis Blues this season, went out on free agency and has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a one-year, $900,000 contract. Last season, Maroon played in 74 games with 10 goals, 18 assists, a -3 rating, and 135 hits all while averaging 14:10 on the ice.
The Blues did go on to win the Stanley Cup and Maroon was a big part of that victory. He pushed the team behind the scenes as well as playing all 26 games with 3 goals and 4 assists while averaging 12:20 on the ice.
Maroon befriended Laila Anderson, a young Blues fan with an extremely rare immune disease and an inspiration for the Blues to keep fighting in the playoffs. Maroon invited Laila to join him at his Cup party where the two shared toasted ravioli out of the Cup.
The Lightning are getting a good player and team member in Maroon. He’s a big guy, 6’3″ and 225lbs, and isn’t afraid to fight someone if need be. He’s been around the league and is experienced. Maroon took a pay cut with Tampa, going from making $1,750,000 in St. Louis, to going down to $900,000 in Tampa.
Tampa has more than enough cap space ($8,476,669) and only have to sign Brayden Point, their last RFA. It shows a lot about Maroon and how happy he is to just be playing and the Lightning seem excited to have him aboard, saying:
“He brings size and physicality to our group as well as significant playoff experience. We expect Pat’s to be a great addition to the roster.” (x)
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