Patrick Maroon knows his days in Edmonton might be numbered, and that’s not an easy scenario to be dealing with for a guy who loves it here and doesn’t want to leave.

With the trade deadline approaching and contract talks with Edmonton making little progress, against the unfortunate backdrop of a long and untimely slump, he admits it’s not easy falling asleep some nights.

If not most nights.

“I need to get going, I need to be better,” said the 29-year-old winger, who is hoping his return to Connor McDavid’s line might spark the kind of surge he and the Oilers are looking for. “I have to play my game. I can’t let them think that I’m fading away. I have to find ways to get my game going again because I want to be here.”

Maroon won’t duplicate his 27 goal explosion of last year, which is understandable. It was a career high that came out of nowhere and was aided in large part by the chemistry he forged with McDavid.

He could still hit 20 goals, but aside from the goals he is simply not the same consistent power forward he was last year. He’ll be the first to admit it.

He also admits the uncertainty surrounding his future is weighing on him. He tries to shut all of it out the best he can, but it doesn’t always work.