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.

More to come.


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.

"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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      • Supernova

        this is a funny back and forth.

        one of things that makes me laugh in hockey, is size talk.

        sometimes a player is 6’0 and described as small, the next day someone is 6’1 and described as big.

        sounds like that inch is a major difference.

        I am 5’11 but when I played people would tell me off the ice, that they always thought i was like 6’2.

        when your in that 5’11 to 6’1 one range it is all very relative, you can play big or play small.

        it sounds like Perron plays big for his size.

        Where as the knock on Paarjarvi is he plays small for his size.

      • Mike Modano's Dog

        Haha…this IS hilarious.

        Just an hour or two ago that very site had him listed at 5’11” 196 (or 193) pounds.

        Wow, the Oilers must have made sure this change was made (St. Louis or the NHL didn’t care before). He just gained an inch and 10 pounds in an hour.

        Why the difference? Exactly the reason as we are writing this. Imagine the Oilers sending out a press release saying they got a player officially ‘listed’ at 5’11” and 193 lbs. – meaning maybe even smaller than that, we all know.

        The fan base wouldn’t be happy with us getting smaller AND giving up a 2nd round pick. Instead they muddy the waters by putting out that he is over that mark.

        • toprightcorner

          Haha okay that is hilarious, the Oilers work fast. I saw the same 5’11 listing too lol. I do think the guy is 200+ though, seems like a bigger guy whenever I see him on the ice.

          • Oilers4ever

            Different sites have had him listed at different weights… the site has him at 6’0 and 205 pounds… Yer a moron if you think any NHL team can change the numbers there. Stop drinking so much of the koolaid…

            This gives the Oil the 2nd line winger they need. In my mind MPS has had three seasons to show that he can play like a 6’3 220lb guy, and hasn’t done it. Perron plays like that kinda player without the size. Don’t get me wrong, MPS could turn into a dynamite player and I hope he does well in St. Louis, but he didn’t do enough here. And don’t feed me crap about not getting enough chances. Just because you don’t play on the top two lines doesn’t mean you can’t bang and crash on the 3rd line, and he never did that. Not sure how much of that he did in OKC, but his first year here, the small part of his 2nd year and last year’s shortened season did nothing to prove to me he can play that banging power forward winger style of game that the Oil need. And if Perron doesn’t fit the bill then we have three years to find someone else.

            Pure hockey trade. About damn time. The 2nd rounder is nothing… whats the percentage of them that turn out? 15% or something. Good deal for both teams. The Oilers D will be fine this year as well.

          • Mike Modano's Dog

            Fact: website had Perron listed at 5’11” and 190-something after the deal was made.

            Fact: Now he is listed an inch taller and at 5% heavier than earlier today on the website.

            Unless you’re saying he was re-measured just today after a sudden growth spurt and had joined Penner at the buffet table beforehand, it is probably not a legitimate change.

            You were mentioning something about the other person being a moron? He was right, so I’d be a little more hesitant to call someone else an idiot when you were the one who was actually wrong here. He was stating a fact, as several people who saw this, including myself, can attest to.

            Now about drinking the kool-aid…he wasn’t blindly making statements about his team that weren’t true, that was you.

  • reaperfunkss

    I don’t like this one on it’s own. Let’s hope it’s part 1 of something more. I’d rather have kept MPS and sent next year’s 1st along with a prospect

  • striatic

    the Oilers are a better team than they were this morning.

    Perron puts up second line points and has excellent possession stats.

    he’s got three years left on decent 3.8m cap hit contract.

    STL may have won this trade in the long term, maybe, but for next season Edmonton will be a better team.

  • Actually Oilers press release has him at 6’0 205lbs, has him at 5’11 196lbs, yahoo sports has him at 6’0 180lbs.

    I wonder where the truth actually is. If Oilers acquire a forward with someone with a height not including 6.xx feet, the uneducated fanbase would be up in arms.

    Since MacT says he wants to increase size of team, probably no surprise the press release is probably biased to overstate Perron’s size.

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Wow…what a waste of trade bullets.

    How many other picks are available and young roster players to acquire a big power forward who can keep our young guys safe on our top lines?

    Add David Perron to the list of players who will need to be protected now – one with concussion issues at that. On the plus side, however, MacT just told us he feels David Perron has a great skill level. ~Just what we needed (again).~

    I only hope the Oilers managed to clone MPS and that 2nd round pick so maybe we can get that top pairing d-man (along with other assets from us) and that power forward we so badly needed.

    Oh well – we still have Taylor Hall, Ebs, Yak and Schultz the younger to trade away to get those needs addressed.

    No problem…

  • ghostofberanek

    Finally we got him , after passing on him with Nash and Plante . What a talent ! Put on one of the best performances by any player in a Memorial Cup I’ve seen . This kid can really excite and dazzle . Pleasant surprise . You like Gagner , then you’ll love this kid . Book it -signed ,sealed and delivered . Things just took a turn for the better .

  • book¡e

    I don’t really know much about his game. Brownlee, do you think this is an upgrade over Paajarvi at second line LW? I know Magnus has the size but he never really plays with an edge. Sure he can use it to drive to the net but I always felt like he was a softer player. Is Perron a bit more gritty?

    Too bad we never got Clutterbuck for the third line as now there appears to be a hole there.

    Maybe get Morrow, bring back Penner, trade Gags for even more D help and finally trade Hemsky for whatever other holes need filling/ draft picks.

  • Perron soft?? Do you watch hockey???
    The guy was pissing off the kings all playoffs. Great pickup.
    Perron competes every night and is hard
    To play against. Magnus is softer than butter and is not nearly as intense as he has to be if he wants top6 minutes.

  • book¡e

    Oh, man, what the hell am I going to do with all of these ä’s I bought in bulk at Costco to use to talk about Pääjärvi over the next few years. I even bought some capital Ä’s to use every time he scored.



  • Truth

    Perron is probably closer to 5’10” or 5’11”, but that is the same for all those in the NHL listed to be 6’0″. It’s all relative. I was a lot taller and heavier in the program when I played competitively. Doesn’t matter on your height or weight it’s how you use it.

  • ghostofberanek

    For all the griping about size, how big was this years Conn Smythe winner again? I’m not overly happy about Maggie leaving, but we’re definitely a better team now. I still see room for a 3 for 1 trade on the horizon as well (Hemsky / D prospect / draft pick)

  • Supernova

    this move makes us better, but we need something else to drop.

    Gagner trade block might have just grown.

    there really isn’t a spot for Gagner now, if we want more size top 6.

  • ghostofberanek

    On paper, seems like a decent trade. He’s a young LW with a decent contract who fills a hole on the second line, like Brownlee was talking about yesterday. I guess he knew something we didn’t.

    He was expendable because of a cap crunch. I’ve been waiting all off-season to see the Oilers trade with a team with cap problems, and they got Perron. Hopefully, he lives up to the enormous expectations of fans.

  • ghostofberanek

    2 down – Just 4 more on wish list to go : Cliché and Clifford from L.A. , Henrique from Jersey and J.Scott from Buffalo . Might have to rename Craig , Big Mac..

  • Attitude. Perron will wade into the gritty areas of the ice. You have to remind Paajarvi to do that. Paajarvi can be effective if he does that consistently, but he’s not there yet, but I’m confident that he will one day.
    But Paajarvi will never match Perron’s stick skills.

  • Word to the Bird

    Love that we got Perron. Hate hate HATE that it cost us PRV. Is this an upgrade? Not by much. I’d bet money that PRV or Perron put up the same amount of points playing on a line with Gagner and Yak. Plus, PRV is a winger, who is young, is going to be on a value contract (see way less that 3.8million) and I also feel like HE JUST figured out how to score and be effective in this league. This makes no sense to me. Keep PRV for 3L, move the 2014 2nd, and throw in 2014 1st, or a D prospect not named Klefbom, Nurse, Maricine. If cost Maricine, fine, but not PRV. Bad trade in my books. I think we’ll regret this one down the line.

    • 2004Z06

      How much further down the line do you want to wait for this team to be competetive? We need to get some bonafide NHL’ers to win NOW! We cannot keep this perpetual draft and develop train going! Aty some point you have to leverage the future for the present. I like MPS alot, but you need to give up something of value to get something and this trade benefits both teams.

      Only way this goes bad is if Peron has more injury issues.

      • YEGFan

        You mean when Perron gets injured, not if. He is not built solidly enough to play the way he does without eventually wearing down. Check out this article from a St. Louis source re: inury risk:

        What I don’t like about this deal is this – the Blues were desperate to create cap space to keep Steward and Pietrangelo, and MacT gave them that AND still managed to be the one to overpay. Call it bold if you like, but this move does not get them any closer to a playoff team than keeping MPS would have. The blue line is still an issue, and the bottom six forwards are a mess.

        If he was a centerman then I could understand it as addressing a need, but right now the Oilers are still weak down the middle even when RNH comes back. Not a smart use of assets at all.

  • Supernova

    Perron does seem to have an edge to him, something I can’t see PRV ever having, even on his surliest of days.

    Are all of the people posting here about Perron’s height the same people braying for MacT to trade for Marchand?

    After watching the endless line of useless coke machines the Oilers have tried over the years, I will take grit in any size, shape or color.

  • Ducey

    Perron > MPS

    MPS was destined to be a very good 3rd line player who plays good defence and can chip in a few points.

    Perron is a going to take Hemsky’s spot. The top 2 lines are now filled out.

    Yak – Gagner – Perron should be pretty good.

    Part two of this trade is for Hemsky to be traded for someone to play in the bottom six.

      • Craig1981

        TSN has him listed Perron as both LW/RW and he does shoot right so that’s a natural spot. Non-hockey players worry too much about that…..personally I know myself, would prefer to play with a winger that I have chemistry with and play my off-wing than on a line without chemistry.

        And I like Yak-RNH-Perron, it evens out the top two lines and Gagner shows he can excel with Hall and Eberle