According to a report from Sportsnet analyst and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, free agent forward David Perron has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues on a new contract.
Perron will return to St. Louis on a four year, $16 million deal:
David Perron 4x4 in STL
Of course, Perron began his NHL career with the Blues back in 2007-08 and spent the first six years of his career with the team before moving on to play with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights. The 30 year old Perron put up a career high 66 points with the expansion Golden Knights in 70 games last season.
His career high in goals was 28 back in 2013-14 with the Oilers. In 722 career games, the native of Sherbrooke, Quebec has managed 175 goals and 550 points. Not bad. However, he’s no spring chicken at age 30 now and it remains to be seen how his deal with the Blues ages.
Another thing to consider, the Blues had been rumored to be in the mix to re-acquire former center Paul Stastny, but with the Perron acquisition is that all over? They were also in the mix to land Ilya Kovalchuk and John Tavares, but those options have dried up as well. Perhaps the Perron signing represents Blues general manager Doug Armstrong merely taking the best player available with his cap space? For what it's worth, Armstrong and the Blues still have over $12 million in cap space to spend in free agency, but they do have to ink restricted free agents Robby Fabbri, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jordan Schmaltz and Joel Edmundson to new deals. That group shouldn't break the bank, so there's still potential for the Blues to add another piece... including Stastny if they choose to go that route. However, early reports from the opening of the free agent market indicate that Stastny may be closing in on a deal with Perron's former team, the Golden Knights.
In any case, Perron is headed back where it all began and should slot in nicely alongside snipers Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Good signing, Blues fans?