Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Ducks Forward Patrick Maroon on the Other Side of a Game 7 with Oilers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Ducks Forward Patrick Maroon on the Other Side of a Game 7 with Oilers

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Maroon on the other side of a Game 7

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EDMONTON - Patrick Maroon would like nothing more than to extend his former team's Game 7 woes another year.

The Anaheim Ducks traded Maroon to the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 trade deadline for a fourth-round draft pick and a prospect. The Ducks even swallowed a quarter of his cap hit for two seasons to send him out the door, according to CapFriendly.com.

The 29-year-old winger doesn't regret landing in Edmonton, but when the only NHL team you've played for says your services are no longer required, there's an element of "I'll show you" when you face it in a high-stakes game.

And the stakes are stratospheric Wednesday in Anaheim, where the winner advances to the NHL's Western Conference final against the Nashville Predators.

"This would be a good feeling for me," Maroon said Tuesday in Edmonton.

"I don't know how to say it in a good way, but this would be . . . . it would (mean) nothing more than to win this Game 7. I would love this right now."

The Ducks were eliminated from the playoffs each of the last four years by losing a Game 7 at home.

Maroon felt that disappointment in 2015, when Anaheim was ousted in the conference final by the Chicago Blackhawks, and in 2014 when they were beaten in the second round by Los Angeles.

"I got traded from a team that was first in the division last year and a contender for the Stanley Cup," Maroon said.

"When you go from losing one game to go to the Stanley Cup finals to being traded the following year it's kind of devastating. That's part of the business. You never know when you're safe, you never know when it's your time to go."

The six-foot-three, 227-pound left-winger isn't complaining about where he went. …

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