Whether you deem it the bold move GM Craig MacTavish talked about, the Edmonton Oilers today made their most substantial move of this off-season, acquiring left winger David Perron from the St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a draft pick.

The Oilers get Perron, 25, who has 198 points in 340 NHL games with the Blues, including 10-15-25 in 48 games this season. In exchange, St. Louis gets Paajarvi, who was selected 10th overall by the Oilers in 2009, and a second-round draft pick.

Perron, six feet and 200 pounds, has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $3.5 million next season and carries a cap hit of $3,812.500 for the balance of the term.

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News release: "General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired left wing David Perron from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left wing Magnus Paajarvi and a 2nd round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

"Perron, 25, has spent the past six seasons with the St. Louis Blues organization, registering 198 points (84G, 114A) and 232 penalty minutes in 340 games with the Blues.

"In 2012-13, the 6’0", 205-pound, forward recorded 25 points (10G, 15A) and 44 penalty minutes in 48 games with St. Louis. He added two assists in six playoff games.

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"The native of Sherbrooke, Quebec played junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Lewiston MAINEiacs for one season, registering 83 points (39G, 44A) in 70 games leading all rookies in the league that season in goals.

"Perron was originally selected by St. Louis in the 1st round, 26th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft."

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  • YEGFan

    Good bye MPS. Jury is still out but you might delevope into a regular in the NHL someday. Potential is not a starter.
    Perron is a known quanty and will get a chance to play with two hard working, highly skilled players and I would expect better numbers from him.
    Good trade, as much as i was cheering for MPS to become a player.

  • OilClog

    It’s a good move for the Oilers, Perron comes from a franchise that quickly turned a rebuild around.

    He is another outside voice within the dressing room, that will hopefully be able to help instill a winning culture.

    He’s only 25 FFS!? Yes, MPS has great potential.. but Perron is currently the far superior player.. if MacT doesn’t put the 2nd on the table.. another team walks in and does. We then lose out, and you all cry and whine DSF’s styles.

    • Oilers4ever

      Agreed. This team has sat on their proverbial arses too many years in a row with the ole use the draft mantra and such. Eventually you have to stop with that stuff, step outside the box, sacrifice a pick, and get someone who can help you NOW. Not 3 years down the road… NOW. I for one am sick of this team and their “have patience BS”. We’ve had patience for 7 years. Fix the problem and get going. 🙂

  • toprightcorner

    Mactavish is making up for some of the past regimes’ mistakes. Trading for a player that we passed over twice (being realistic, he would have been a reach at 6 given what was known at the time). Trading a former 10th overall pick and a 2nd rounder for a former 26th overall pick.

    Perron is a legitimate 2nd line player and plays a power forward style. Paajarvi has many solid qualities but offence doesn’t come natural to him. This move really gives us an exceptional, albeit young and inexperienced, top 6. This move also leaves us extremely thin on offence in the bottom 6 (especially assuming that we move Hemmer). That speaks to the lack of depth that Mactavish inherited. I doubt that Mactavish is done.

    I always liked Paajarvi. He accepted his role and worked hard. Best of luck to him in St. Louis.

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    MacT turned a 3rd line inconsistent below average player into a 25 year old legitimate consistent 2nd liner.

    It’s pretty simple.

    2nd Line Lw > 3rd Line Lw

    In fact I believe the Oilers if they wanted could trade Perron for Coburn one for one.

    Great trade by MacT taking advantage of a team with cap issues.

    One day Magnus may become a 20 goal scoring, 60 point player but we have that in Perron now. The entire second line will be more productive with Perron in the lineup, great move.

    Second trade oilers clearly win in a decade. Penner was the first and we haven’t even seen any return from that trade yet.

  • Great move. Perron is as good as I ever hoped Paajarvi would be. This is like fast forwarding MPS’ development 3 yrs and being guaranteed that he pans out.

    Top six are filled out. Hemsky will be traded to fill out the bottom six. If that goes well, we are definitely improved on compared to last year. Playoffs? Probably not, but maybe… I’ll wait and see how the hem sky trade goes.

  • Great move. Perron is as good as I ever hoped Paajarvi would be. This is like fast forwarding MPS’ development 3 yrs and being guaranteed that he pans out.

    Top six are filled out. Hemsky will be traded to fill out the bottom six. If that goes well, we are definitely improved on compared to last year. Playoffs? Probably not, but maybe… I’ll wait and see how the hem sky trade goes.

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    Filling in the top six lw spot was the hardest thing macT had to do this summer. That’s done.

    Filling in the rest of the bottom 6 will be easy. Sign Morrow and trade Hemsky for a third liner plus a draft pick. Ference, Gordan, Perron all hate to lose and compete every shift, these guys will have a huge impact on the team this year.

  • toprightcorner

    For anyone here that define’s MacT making a “BOLD MOVE” as trading for 90 pt a season forward or a 60 pt a season defensman please log off the site now!!

    …….hey…where did everybody go????????

  • toprightcorner

    I am in support of this move as it is significant and a correct one… I love Paajarvi (who may be cheaper now) but he is a hush puppy…

    I want more Bull dogs on the Oilers than those like hush puppies. Perron is only 25 yrs old, he’s gritty and is of solid good two way play, he can skate, can score points, is a very good PK guy too.

    Yeah he is not a 6’3″ 220 power forward but as of today….The Oilers Got Even Better!!!!

    There is more to do with possible trades (I suspect Hemsky, Gagner, N. Schultz being up and front with draft picks/prospects) but I like the toughness and two way team that is being built now…

    I still hopefully think that a trade package deal for Couturier or B. Schenn…with Coburn…may be possibl done…. but it will cost something to get em!!! Now, if these type guys come here from Philly and the Oilers don’t give too much back (Not one of Hall/Ebs/RNH/Yak/J. Schultz/Klefbom)Wow!!!

  • This is the type of “risk” Mac T was talking about when he took over, Tambo was too scared to trade anyone because of what they might end up being instead of trying to make the team better, could Paajarvi develop into a 2nd liner? Ya sure but that is exactly what Perron is. I think this classifies as BOLD.

    As for the 2nd rounder hopefully in 2 years that second rounder is around 50+ so I don’t really care, that pick is at least 5 years away from cracking the NHL if ever.

  • Supernova

    To those who got issues with size between MPS and Perron…Not that much difference!!!!!!!!

    Its the Bull Dog (Perron) versus the Hush Puppy (MPS)!!!! I want toughness who can score and if ya can add agitator then great.

    MPS is developing and still developing and who can be absolute he would be a top LW player in the next years… while Perron has shown himself for of the type of player he is and right now….he is farther ahead of MPS and better than MPS!!!

    As for the concussion issues??? Yeah he has had some and yeah he recovered but…but…it is true that anyone can get these in any future game no matter whether they had concussions before or not. There is also a chance he may not ever get one again too (unlikely but who knows).

    Now MacT is down to two to three more moves of SIGNIFICANCE…Yahoo I like the new players so far… Keep them coming MacT!!!!

  • Oilers4ever

    I like this deal. Having said that, trading one of Hall, Ebs, RNH or Yak the only way I can see this team seriously addressing it’s big needs big needs. Perron is a great pick up, but the team clearly needs a top pairing dman and way more size up front. Adding size in any meaningful way means displacing a top 6 forward. We need someone to be able to dominate physically in front of the net and in the corners.

    • toprightcorner

      I don’t agree; they may not have a top pairing dman (other than young Shultz) right now, but they’ve certainly got a lot of big, young dmen, from Marancin and Gernat to Nurse and Klefbom on the way.
      No need to trade a franchise level player; just be patient for one more year.

    • YFC Prez

      Gagner will be signed before he ever hits arbitration. It’s just a bargaining chip.

      Taking Gagner off the second line and replacing him with Grabovski puts the team back a step.

      All though none of Mac T’s moves are high impact they all have slightly bettered the hockey team

      I would like to see this trend continue

      No to Grabovski as our #2 center

  • toprightcorner

    I like it.

    I remember when I searched the net high and low to find an Omark euro hockey card and was so happy to have it.

    I didn’t even bother searching for an MPS card. Bullet. Dodged.

  • Bucknuck

    Public service announcement: madjam and DSF are the same people… and even if they are not, you can pretend they are.

    WHY on Earth would anyone argue that they should have taken Perron instead of Gagner, when they could have had Perron much later with the Plante pick or the Nash pick.

    Indeed you could have had Gagner AND Perron (AND Subban if you were clarvoyant). Hindsight is twenty twenty.

    2007 draft should have been:

    1: Kane

    2: Subban

    3: Couture

    4: Gagner

    5: Perron

    If the teams could go back in time and choose again, that is.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      Why are you seemingly so negative and offended about DSF or my prediction (which by the way I said I was undecided whom I would take ) ? Were we that far out or was all the scouting reports further out ? Even your own lists them 4 and 5 which seems to contradict your prior sentiments . Clairvoyance has nothing to do with it , but it was a funny comment . But lets wait to see how they compare to help us get better , then we should all be able to make that assessments for ourselves .

      • Bucknuck

        I wasn’t offended at all, I just thought what you posted made no sense. If you were going to go back in time and choose again, then I would take Perron (YES – I like Perron) later because he was ranked lower. I wouldn’t have taken him instead of Gagner, but as well as Gagner. And then I would have taken Subban… since I was going back in time and would know how it was all going to play out.

        At the end of the day it might be interesting to consider these hypothetical fantasy worlds, but it is ultimately pointless. I am happy that today the Oilers traded a “might be” for a player who already “is”. I don’t know if it will make much of a difference, but I can appreciate what’s going on and applaud.

  • The Soup Fascist

    Good move. Some dogs just don’t hunt. PRV skates like the wind, and hits like a fly. I don’t know what Perron brings, but I hope he brings determination. Lots of room for that on the teams i’ve been cursing at the last few years.

    I don’t see anything bold about moving PRV out. But I don’t care about bold moves. I just hope the moves they make turn out to be improvements to the group.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    Great pickup. Perron puts up playoff points, is a great possession player and goes to the tough areas. MPS is not that type of player. He’s a 3rd liner on a competitive team.

    The team got better today. Solid trade. Props to MacT.

    To all those pessimists out there, read a book, go back to school, smoke some rock, do something! If you don’t like this trade, please watch a different sport. (though I respect your ignorant opinion, I merely mock it!)

  • Bonvie

    I am very happy with this deal. Yes, there is some concussion risk, but Perron is a terrific, competitive player, who should make us better next year. We still need one or two bottom six bangers with acceptable offence. Maybe we can get a third liner for Hemsky and a 4th liner through FA. We have the cap room.