Ducks Sign Maroon to Three-Year Contract Extension
Maroon, 26 (4/23/88), scored 11-18=29 points with a +11 rating and a team-leading 101 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 games for the Ducks last season. Maroon set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus, PIM and games in 2013-14, while also recording a career-best five-game point/assist streak (2-6=8) from Mar. 23-31, 2014. The 6-3, 230-pound winger made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2014, collecting 2-5=7 points with a team-high 38 PIM. He owned a six-game playoff point streak (2-4=6) from Apr. 23-May 8, 2014, the longest by a rookie since Los Angeles’ Warren Rychel in 1993. Maroon finished the playoffs ranked tied for sixth among rookies in scoring and sixth in assists.
Acquired from Philadelphia with David Laliberte in exchange for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson on Nov. 21, 2010, Maroon originally signed a two-year contract extension with Anaheim on Mar. 21, 2013. The St. Louis, MO native has appeared in 77 career NHL games with the Ducks, collecting 13-19=32 points with a +10 rating and 113 PIM. He has also played six American Hockey League (AHL) seasons with Philadelphia (2007-09), Adirondack (2009-10), Syracuse (2010-12) and Norfolk (2012-13), earning 118-160=278 points with a +7 rating and 544 PIM in 353 games. Maroon was drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Maroon shared his thoughts on his contract extension via conference call.
On if he was surprised the contract was completed with a year still remaining on his existing contract
I’ve been a part of the Ducks organization for a while now. They gave me a great opportunity to live my dream. Bob Murray has been nothing but good to me. We’ve been talking about this for a while now. I’m just glad to be a part of the Anaheim Ducks for the next four years.
On if there was a defining moment in his playing career last season
After the Olympic break I came back with an attitude to prove to myself that I can stay in the lineup. It just came. Bruce [Boudreau] gave me all the confidence in the world. He’s been really good to me. He’s given me every opportunity to succeed in the NHL. I can’t thank him and the Ducks organization enough.
On what it feels like to be an established NHL player
It means the world to me. My family has been very supportive, especially having my son there for me. It’s been a tough road for me. There are a lot of ups and downs in hockey. You just have to manage to get through that and believe in yourself and the people behind you believing in you. The Ducks gave me a chance to play in the NHL, succeed and live my dream. It’s been a dream come true.
On the team’s offseason moves
I’m very excited. I’m here to win. I’m here to win a championship. The moves have been great so far. We’re going to have a great team this year. We had a great group of guys last year. We came up short last year, but I think we’re going to get it done. We have a great core of guys who believe in each other. We have the depth, too.
On where he feels he can grow as a player
I just go out there and try to be the best player I can be every day. If you play with the best players in the world, you know you’re going to succeed. You have to live the opportunity up. It’s there for the taking. You have to go and bring it every night. I got the chance to play with Getzlaf and Perry last year, and it elevated my game a lot. I can prove myself a little more than I did last year. I can bring it a little more. I’m very excited to be with the Ducks for the next four years to succeed that dream.
On if he expects to be alongside Getzlaf and Perry on the top line next season
I don’t expect anything. I expect to go out there and try to make the team. Just because I signed a contract, I still have to go out there and make the team. I have to work hard every day and show them that I want it. I got there with a lot of hard work and dedication. I still have to do that every day.