Patrick Maroon was able to firmly establish himself with Anaheim last season and now he’s reaping the rewards of his efforts. The Ducks announced that they have signed the 26-year-old forward to a three-year contract extension.
The financial terms weren’t disclosed by the team, but the deal is worth $6 million, according to Cap Geek. That’s a substantial raise over his two-year, $1.15 million contract that runs through the 2014-15 campaign. His new agreement will take effect once his old deal expires and will run through 2017-18.
Maroon was one of the top players in the AHL for years, but he still didn’t get many opportunities to prove his worth at the NHL level. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound forward finally got his big break during the lockout shortened season when he recorded three points and 10 penalty minutes in 13 games. In 2013-14, he had 11 goals, 18 assists, and 101 penalty minutes in 62 contests.
He managed to take another step forward during the 2014 postseason with two goals and seven points in 13 contests. The Ducks trusted him with an average of 3:15 power-play minutes per game in the playoffs, which was good for third place among Anaheim forwards, behind just Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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