It was a late-in-the-game trade that Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli teased the media with, just as the NHL Trade Deadline came to a close.
“We have one trade in the queue, I just can’t comment on it,” he said.
After the dotted lines were signed and the formalities ironed out, the Oilers announced they had traded prospect Martin Gernat and a 2016 fourth-round pick to acquire Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
“I didn’t expect it at all, I didn’t see it coming,” said Maroon. “But it’s a business and it happens. I’m given the opportunity to play in the NHL and I’m excited to start a new journey with the Edmonton Oilers.”
That journey will begin tomorrow morning when he catches his flight to meet the team in Buffalo for their game against the Sabres.
Maroon said that he’s looking forward to building a new rapport with the Edmonton team, eager to be building new relationships off the ice to help with the performance on it.
“I think chemistry off the ice helps with playing with certain guys,” he said. “I’ll be playing with different guys here so it’s going to be different going into that. I’m just really excited to play with new faces and hopefully I start off on the right foot and hopefully there’s chemistry right away, whoever I play with.
“I’m a big power forward… I have pretty good hands, pretty good down low and I bring a big physical game. I just want to come in and provide with anything, if it’s scoring or just being a big presence, just try to get a good name for myself.”