St. Louis Blues fans are hoping to see their roster of players stay intact for next season, especially after they managed to hoist the first Stanley Cup in franchise history earlier this month.
However, one key member of the crew might be tempted to test the free-agent market after winning his first championship in his hometown. Patrick Maroon could have the opportunity to cash in big on the UFA market this summer, and might choose to test it and command a huge promotion seeing that he was important in the Blues’ Cup run.
Team insider Andy Strickland for Fox Sports knows Maroon is generating interest on the open market if he hits it on Monday and teams will be willing to do after him now that they saw how important size and physicality can help in the postseason.
However, we all know how Maroon was a free agent last summer, after spending the year with the Edmonton Oilers and the New Jersey Devils. He chose to accept the Blues’ offer for less money than what was presented by rival teams to be closer to his son Anthony. He might have been so successful this year because he around his family much more.
Having just won a Cup and putting up decent numbers: 28 points in 74 games, Maroon could manage to earn a contract north of 2.5 million dollars on the open market.
Last summer, the Oilers were interested in landing Maroon back and are still looking for help up front. The Calgary Flames are reportedly interested in his services as well, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug.
It remains to be seen if the veteran forward will be tempted to test the market or will look to sign again with the Blues and staying home where he’s done so well.