Instant Analysis: Oilers/Blues Trade; David Perron for Magnus Paajarvi and Pick
The Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues pulled off a trade today. The Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2nd round pick. We are working to find out if there are even more pieces involved.
In David Perron the Oilers add a 25-year-old who can play both centre and the wing. He is a skilled offensive player who has battled injuries, including some serious concussions, over the years. Drafted 26th overall by the Blues in the 2007 NHL Draft. Perron has spent his entire career with St. Louis. Last season he had 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 48 games, and added 2 assists in 6 playoff games. For his career Perron has two 20 goal seasons, and has scored a total of 84 goals, 114 assists for 198 points in 340 career games. Perron is signed for 3 more years, his salary will be $3.5 million, $4.25 million and $4.5 million over those years. His cap hit is $3,812,500.
In Magnus Paajarvi, the Blues get a 22-year-old winger who was the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Paajarvi is touted as a physical, two way winger, who can plays a power forward style of game, and can drive the net. However he has struggled to find his place in Edmonton. Last season Paajarvi had 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points in 42 games. Over the course of his NHL career, he has 26 goals and 58 points, in 163 games. Paajarvi is currently a restricted free agent.
The move gives the Blues the money and Cap Space they need to sign Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo, both of whom are due for some hefty raises off their previous contracts.
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