On Monday, the Anaheim Ducks traded forward Patrick Maroon to the Edmonton Oilers for Martin Gernat and a fourth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. This came as a surprise to most fans as Maroon was well liked in Anaheim and seemed to fit into a role.
The trade deadline was uneventful for most of the league until Bob Murray made some crafty roster moves right at the 3pm ET deadline. In the final thirty minutes, Murray acquired Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 6th round pick in this year’s draft.
Moments later the Ducks acquired Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. Pirri will be out for at least another two weeks with a high ankle sprain, but McGinn should have an immediate impact.
With the additions of two left-wingers that are proven scorers, Pirri and McGinn, the Ducks had to move a piece to make room and Maroon has been struggling to find his game this season. Ducks Executive Vice President and GM Bob Murray put it perfectly when talking to the media Monday about the moves:
“I just felt there were too many people there, and it could have been awkward”
“The hard part is that there are probably too many people now. Patty Maroon has come a long way for this organization, and he was a real good guy for us. I thank him for that. I just felt there were too many people there, and it could have been awkward.”
McGinn has 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points this year. That is a considerable upgrade from Maroon’s 4 goals and 9 assists. McGinn plays a similar style of game with an added touch of finesse. It is likely he will be on a line with Rickard Rakell and take the spot of rookie Nick Ritchie.
The moves made yesterday improved the depth of scoring which will be welcome come playoff time. Bob Murray has a knack for swindling teams at the last-minute for great deals. Ducks fans around the country were sad to see Patrick Maroon go and we will surely miss the beard, but rumor has it McGinn can grow a mean one too.