Blues, Oilers swap forwards
The St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers agreed to a trade on Wednesday, sending David Perron to Edmonton and Magnus Paajarvi to St. Louis along with a second-round draft pick.
Perron scored 10 goals and had 25 points last season. Paajarvi finished with 9 goals and 16 points. Both are former first-round picks.
With the Blues still needing to sign franchise defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and forward Chris Stewart, moving Perron became more reasonable, as he carries a $3,812,500 million cap hit for the next three seasons.
Perron suffered a concussion 10 games into the 2010-11 season and missed almost 13 full months of hockey. He returned to post 21 goals in 57 games last year, before taking a step back in 2012-13. A fresh start in Edmonton could be just what the 25 year-old needs.
“I feel like I’m going to look good with the jersey on. The style of play that they want to play is what I played to get into the NHL. It’s a team that can become like the Chicago Blackhawks. It sure is nice to come into a situation like that,” Perron told the Edmonton Journal in reference to Edmonton’s offensive-minded strategy.
Paajarvi, only 22, has shown flashes of becoming the star the Oilers envisioned when they selected him 10th overall in 2009. As a rookie in 2010-11 he scored 15 goals. St. Louis is excited about the Swedish-winger and his skill-set.
“We think he is just starting to enter the really good part of his career at 22. We have his rights now for the next four years, which is important to us in a cap system. We just think he brings an element to our team that we don’t have, which is that size on the wing and that speed,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Paajarvi is a restricted free agent but will not command close to the contract Perron had.
Paajarvi has had success playing with fellow Blue Patrik Berglund – who signed an extension earlier this offseason – in International competitions for Team Sweden. Armstrong and St. Louis fans hope the two can rekindle the magic for their new team.