The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Tuesday morning that they have re-signed Pat Maroon to a two-year contract extension with an AAV of $1 million. This move definitely didn’t need to get worked out today, but for Julien BriseBois and the Lightning, it came at a good time.
The Lightning are as dominant today as they were a few seasons ago when they started their Stanley Cup tear-winning back-to-back cups. As they continue the run of success and try to win their third championship, knowing Maroon is locked up for a while definitely is a blessing.
Pat Maroon has won three straight Stanley Cups, and the Lightning are lucky to have him on their roster.
Pat Maroon came to Tampa Bay after winning his first championship with the St. Louis Blues in 2019. His move to Tampa was at a time not looked at a heck of a lot as he was more of a role player joining a franchise that has failed to get it done at the big stage many times in the past.
Then some 48 playoff games later, the Lightning have captured two straight championships and Maroon has played a big part in both providing a physical edge and even scoring a few goals along the way.
The scary thing about this season is the fact that this has the potential to be his strongest in the league. Sure, Maroon is not going to be putting up 40 points as he did back in his time with Edmonton, but he can provide a physical spark and help make sure the Lightning do not have a dip off in production from their top lines.
At five on five, this is his best season since the 2016-17 season for Maroon when it comes to analytics. His corsi numbers are at 53.15 at five on five and he has an expected goals for of 20.59 which is not bad for the role he is playing.
Maroon and the Lightning are well on their way to making the playoffs again this season, and they are once again a favorite to compete for the Stanley Cup. When the 2021-22 season comes to a close the Lightning definitely are not going to regret locking in one of their best role players for the next few seasons, this team definitely is dangerous to play against.