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Blues trade Perron to Oilers for Paajarvi

Jul 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

David Perron AP

A couple of days ago, we wrote that the St. Louis Blues may need to make a trade to reduce salary.

Today, they did just that, sending winger David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for 22-year-old winger Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

Perron, 25, has three years remaining on his contract, with a cap hit of $3.8 million. That he was traded should come as no surprise, as he was reportedly dangled at the draft.

For Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, perhaps the Perron acquisition will quell some of the offseason frustration he was feeling.

Perron, the Blues’ 26th overall pick in the 2007 draft, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 48 games last season. He had a career-high 21 goals in 2011-12, and that was in just 57 games (he missed considerable time with a concussion that season, as well as the one before it).

As for Paajarvi, the past two seasons have been frustrating for the 2009 10th overall pick. He showed great promise as a rookie in 2010-11; however, he’s spent time in both Edmonton and AHL Oklahoma City since then.

In 2013, Paajarvi had nine goals and seven assists in 42 games for the Oilers.

“Magnus is a well-rounded player who has good size and great skating ability,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong in a release. “He is just coming into his own and this will open up more ice time for Jaden (Schwartz) and Vladimir (Tarasenko). I would like to thank David for his time in St. Louis and wish him well in Edmonton.”

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  1. bcsteele - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I just called this move on the other thread. With his hit off the books, we’ll be hanging on to Alex, Chris, and very likely Halak at least to start the season.

    This has been bound to happen ever since Jayden had such a strong year and David has struggled big time as of late.

    • bcsteele - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM


  2. jpelle82 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    so a stewart or pietrangelo deal should be announced here shortly then

  3. fusionix7 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I wish they add paajarvi to the scrabble dictionary, big points.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      there’s no umlauts in Scrabble

  4. rosloe62 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Great move for the Oilers!

  5. ray2013 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think Pajaarvi could be a decent player on a team with a lot of veterans, but he wasn’t going to get a real shot at achieving his potential in Edmonton. Good luck, PRV.

  6. orangeandblack31 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    A has been for a want a be!!!

    • 19to77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      The Flyers would know a lot about both, wouldn’t they?

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Good deal for both sides. I’ve always been a big Paajarvi fan. I think he was totally misused in Edmonton. I was hoping the Flyers would get him if they dealt Coburn. The problem, though, is that he probably won’t get any more minutes in St Louis, seeing that they have a pretty stacked forward group. But maybe a change of scenery will help. He’s got the potential to a solid 2nd line winger. And it obviously clears cap to sign Pietrangelo, Stewart, and Allen.

    As for the Oilers, idk if this was the splashy move Lowe and MacT were talking about, but it certainly helps their top-6. Perron has the potential to be a 25-goal a year guy, he just needs more consistency in his game. Good deal, but, IMO, the Blues get the better end of it.

    • eggserino - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      The Blues get size, speed, and good hands. Every goal that I’ve seen Paajarvi score was right around the net. That is the Blues game. Oh, and he’s played on a line with Patrick Berglund while playing for Team Sweden. There could be some instant chemistry there.

      Perron has sick skill. He’s made comments in the past like, “(I need to handle the puck a lot early in the game…)” Often, in St. Louis, Perron would stick handle along the half boards and behind the net until an opponent would flatten him against the boards. No pass, no move toward the net… I hope that he gels with his new teammates and realizes the potential that his stick handling presages.

  8. trueblue72 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Good riddance.

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