April 21 2013; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) prepares to take shot on Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Blues 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) -- As we reported earlier, the Blues made a deal today sending forward David Perron to Edmonton in return for Magnus Pääjärvi and a second round draft pick in 2014.
The move of Perron is no surprise. Perron was a player always on the brink of greatness, but never seemed to get over the hump. There were certain flashes of brilliance, but they were rare and followed by extended periods of inconsistency. Blues fans have seen it before. Something was going to happen, you could just feel it.
So what are we to make of the deal?
The Oilers apparently had made it clear they were going to shake up their rosters. Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski says "it's a trade that points to the Blues' glut of contracts and the Oilers' glut of talented young forwards."
He has a point. The Blues appear to want to keep both Alex Pietrangelo and Chris Stewart and need to clear some cash. And don't forget about Jake Allen. According to Wyshynski, "Perron has a $3,812,500 cap hit through 2016, and his actual salary rises to a contract high of $4.5 million in that final year." One could argue pretty convincingly, that the production we've seen from Perron doesn't warrant the numbers.
In Edmonton, the 25-year-old will be part of a young core of skilled players along with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.
The book on Pääjärvi is that he, like Perron, has talent and has had shown flashes of his potential. He's got speed and lots of upside.
Pääjärvi had nine goals and seven assists in 42 games for the Oilers last season. He's a restricted free agent, but Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said he liked that the Blues had the young winger's rights for the next four years.
"We view him coming in and competing in our group of nine," Armstrong said. "We've had nine forwards that are interchangeable and (coach Ken Hitchcock) has used them as interchangeable parts playing different guys with different players. Our team is built on balance and we think he has an opportunity to come in here and provide an element that we don't have right now."
But Wyshynski says he thinks Edmonton got the better end of the deal. What do you think?