Sunday, July 01, 2018

Blues and Perron Reunite Again



After a solid year, with a disappointing finish, with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, David Perron had priced himself right out of their plans, combined with being a healthy scratch in a few occasions in the playoffs, certainly didn't help things much.

Perron, who was selected by the Knights at the expansion draft from the St. Louis Blues, will return to the Blues through free agency on Sunday, signing a new 4-year, $16 million deal to do so.

Adding the 30-year old forward back into the mix, where they had already added Brayden Schenn last season, looks like a pretty good move on paper.  Perron finished last season with 16 goals and 66 points in 70 games for the Golden Knights and if he can put up those kind of numbers again, he could really add another dimension to this team in their top six.

If the Blues can somehow get some of their youth to stick to the big club next season, they could be a fun team to watch and one that could really benefit the hockey pool community.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Vladimir Tarasenko 7.500 Alex Pietrangelo 6.500 Jake Allen 4.350
Alexander Steen 5.750 Colton Parayko 5.500 Ville Husso 0.848
Jaden Schwartz 5.350 Jay Bouwmeester 5.400
Brayden Schenn 5.125 Carl Gunnarsson 2.900
David Perron 4.000 Robert Bortuzzo 1.150
Patrik Berglund 3.850 Vince Dunn 0.723
Vladimir Sobotka 3.500 Chris Butler 0.650
Tage Thompson 0.925
Chris Thorburn 0.900
Zach Sanford 0.875
Nikita Soshnikov 0.800
Jordan Kyrou 0.773
Ivan Barbashev 0.742
Sammy Blais 0.703

The Blues are still in decent shape, against the salary cap ceiling, after this early morning signing, still showing under $10.7 million left to go, with the current 23-man projected roster above.  I would be looking at St. Louis to shore up their RFA situation here soon too, with Robby Fabbri and Joel Edmundson among those still in need of deals.
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