TAMPA — In the past 26 years, no NHL team has won the Stanley Cup without a player on the roster who previously won a cup.
Whether the trend is meaningless or magical can be debated, but the Tampa Bay Lightning may be buying into the statistic.
The Lightning tried to become the first to break the streak in 2019, but Columbus swept Tampa Bay in the first round. Now as the Bolts aim to make another Stanley Cup run, they have a cup winner.
The team announced Saturday it signed former St. Louis Blues forward Pat Maroon, a player fresh off of capturing the most heralded trophy in sports. The Lightning inked Maroon to a one-year, $900,000 contract.
“He brings size and physicality to our group as well as significant playoff experience,” Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois said. “We expect Pat to be a great addition to the roster.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounds Maroon won the Stanley Cup for his hometown this year. The St. Louis native skated in 74 regular season games with the Blues, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 64 penalty minutes. He also scored three goals and seven points in 26 playoff games with the Blues.
The acquisition will be a reunion for Maroon and Bolts coach Jon Cooper, who coached him in juniors with the North American Hockey League’s St. Louis Bandits in 2006-07. They won the league’s Robertson Cup, and Maroon was named to the NAHL First All-Star Team.
The Philadelphia Flyers made Maroon a sixth-round draft pick in 2007. Tampa Bay also has added to its roster depth this offseason by signing defensemen Luke Schenn and Kevin Shattenkirk.
While it has added key players, restricted free agent Brayden Point remains unsigned.