Maroon (back) will resume skating this week after receiving clearance from his medical team, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. One has to imagine the Blues were well versed in Maroon's back issue before agreeing to sign him, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear he is ready to start fully training for the upcoming season. If the veteran can show there are no lingering issues -- and return to being a 30-plus point producer -- he figures to get a more long-term, higher-salary deal next summer.
Maroon (back) agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75 million contract with St. Louis on Tuesday. After being traded to New Jersey by Edmonton at the deadline, Maroon notched 13 points in 17 regular-season games for the Devils. The 29-year-old set a new career high with 43 points on the year, although just seven of those came with the man advantage. St Louis could be looking at an all new second line that includes Maroon with fellow recent additions Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron.
Maroon (back) is expected to sign a deal with St. Louis, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic St. Louis reports. The 30-year-old winger is recovering from offseason back surgery, which is possibly what led to the delay in his signing. He scored 17 goals and 43 points last season with Edmonton and New Jersey after potting 27 goals during the 2016-17 campaign. Maroon should see an uptick in his goal scoring this year on a top-six line centered by either Brayden Schenn or Ryan O'Reilly. He is also expected to be healthy in time for training camp.
Maroon underwent surgery last Wednesday to repair a herniated disc in his back, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports, adding that the winger will still be prepared for training camp. Maroon didn't perform as well as expected in the first-round playoff series against the Lightning, as he was held pointless through the first four games before getting a shot to fall in Game 5. The Devils acquired the power-play maven at the trade deadline to bolster the top-six group, but he's a pending unrestricted free agent who'll be able to sign with any club, assuming there's mutual interest.
Maroon scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Washington. And with that performance, Maroon established a new career mark in points with 43 (17 goals, 26 assists). He beat his previous best by a single point. Maroon will look to take his current hot streak into the postseason.
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