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Evolution and analysis: GMs explain Perron-Paajarvi trade

Jul 10, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

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To many, it seemed clear that the St. Louis Blues sent David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick to clear cap space. General managers rarely admit so much, but even with that in mind, both executives provided insight that was more interesting than the usual PR spiel on Wednesday.

For one thing, Blues GM Doug Armstrong gave some interesting reasons why this might not be a mere salary dump.

Armstrong indicated that St. Louis possesses multiple players with Perron’s skills, while Paajarvi combination of size and speed makes him different. He said that the 22-year-old’s game is “evolving” and noted his belief that “size matters” in the NHL.

“Our team is built on balance, and we think he can come in here and provide an element we don’t have right now,” Armstrong said.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could have pointed to one of Perron’s highlight reel goals to explain the move, but he instead dropped a word many wouldn’t have expected: analytics, as Inside Sports’ Dan Tencer reports.

“It’ll be a good test for our analytics guys. They have him with some of the game’s elite,” MacTavish said. “He’s right up there with controlling the play and shots for and against differential.”

As Armstrong noted during his press conference, it’s possible this trade could be both sides. They’re talking the part, at least.

  1. cardsandbluesforever - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    you gotta learn to read between the lines to understand this trade

    perron got traded for a a few reasons. theres been talk of breaking up the core, aka bakes, perron and oshie. those 3 have tuned out 3 different coaches since being drafted by the blues. a message needed to be sent that with the new ownership that kind of behavior wont be tolerated. also you have perrons concussion in the equation. the guy was out for over a year with PCS, and was not the same player after returning to the ice. oshie doesn’t take offensive zone penalties almost every game like perron does.

    also you have the Blues style vs Edmonton’s style. Hitch wants the Blues to be more like the Kings. size is an issue there, as the Kings are a large team compared to the Blues. perron is only 6’0 200. not big at all, he no longer fits into the Blues system. Edmonton is rebuilding their team with all highly skilled forwards. MacTavish is basically trying to recreate the Oilers of the 80’s that won so many cups by putting a similar style team on the ice. perron fits that style much better than Paajarvi does.
    I am looking forward to seeing how this trade pans out for both teams.

    • stevedurbano - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Correct. And add stupid penalties that come from undisciplined play.

  2. ray2013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I’ve watched PRV for a few seasons. He’s got the size and the speed, but he might as well be 5’9, 180 because he only wanted to play on the perimeter. The last season or so, he’s finally started to put it together, and of course, MacT trades him for a smaller player with injury concerns and a bigger cap hit. Even without the second rounder, I think St Louis wins this trade, though Perron will likely score more points the next season or two with Gagner and Yakupov.

  3. kingsforever - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Perron stinks

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