Tampa Bay Lightning enforcer Pat Maroon has been traded!

Tampa Bay Lightning enforcer Pat Maroon has been traded!

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded veteran enforcer Pat Maroon and forward Max Cajkovic.

Jonathan Larivee

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild have made a trade.

According to an announcement made via the Lightning's official website, veteran Lightning enforcer Pat Maroon (20% retained) and forward Max Cajkovic have both been traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 7th round draft pick.

This move by the Wild would appear to be in direct response to the loss of Ryan Reaves, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs after they reportedly outbid the Wild in free agency.

As for the Lightning this would appear to be a salary cap dump, which would explain the relatively meager return coming back the other way.

Cajkovic's inclusion in this deal is somewhat curious as he spent most of last season with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. There the winger appeared in 41 games scoring 10 goals and adding 17 assists for a total of 27 points on the season.

Maroon on the other hand appeared in 80 games for the Lightning this season, scoring 5 goals and adding 9 assists for a total of 14 points. Perhaps the most important stat when it comes to this trade however is his cap hit of $1 million for the 2023-24 season, of which Tampa Bay is retaining just $200,000.