Friday, July 01, 2016

Perron Returns to the Blues

It's back to familiar surroundings for forward David Perron, who signed with the St. Louis Blues on Friday, inking a 2-year deal, worth $7.5 million (a $3.75 million cap hit).

Perron split the 2016 season with the Penguins and the Ducks, getting dealt mid-season for Carl Hagelin in a one-for-one deal.  When the regular season had ended, Perron finished with 12 goals and 36 points in 71 games, ranking 168th among all forwards in scoring.

The Blues are going to be a different looking team, judging from the early part of the free agency period, but adding Perron back to their fold gives them a little bit more security, in terms of some semi-regular goal scoring.  Perron certainly had his best years with the Blues, but his value has taken a tumble in recent years and his new cap hit certainly reflects that.

With all the immediate changes to this Blues lineup, I think the 28-year old might take yet another tumble in his scoring numbers and I am giving him an early projection of about 30 points, until the dust settles, at least.

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