posted on July 10, 2013 16:28
The Blues made another roster move this week sending David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a second-round pick and forward Magnus Paajarvi...
This is a great move for the Blues, and just so you're aware -- it's pronounced py-ARR-vee.
While some are going to compare the stats side-by-side, or the ages of the two players when looking at this trade, one of the most important elements is this trade frees up cap space for the Blues and gives them some needed flexibility in their attempts to sign Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, and Jake Allen. According to capgeek.com, Perron takes up $3.8 million in cap space for an NHL roster. Paajarvi is a restricted free agent that just finished his entry-level contract, and his production to this point doesn't dictate a contract of that magnitude.
When you look at the situation in Edmonton he is coming from, Paajarvi is only 22 years old, he stands at 6-foot-3, and he was playing on a team in Edmonton that boasts an overcrowded roster of young, early-round talent. As the old saying goes, "time will tell" what happens with this trade. Perron has a chance to work with some gifted players offensively, and he may still become a great player in the NHL, but he was never going to develop into a superstar like some hoped. He was never going to become a 30-40 goal scorer, and for my taste he was too cute with the puck in the offensive zone always trying to make that highlight-reel play. He had his time and chances here in St. Louis to make an impact and it just never came to be. It was time for him to move on.
In return, the Blues receive a young player that still has upside. Keep in mind Paajarvi scored 15 goals as a rookie. There's potential there. Is it 40-goal potential? No, but it's consistent, second-line scoring potential and that's exactly what the Blues can use because their top line right now looks like it is going to be Steen, Roy, and Stewart (as long as they sign him). Plus, this team grabs an additional second-round draft pick to use for future talent or to be packaged in the event you try to make another trade. Moving a goaltender perhaps...?
But you can't lose sight of the fact that the Blues needed salary cap space. Yes, they can go above the cap right now, but eventually they would need to make a move anyway to be in line by the start of the season. This is one of those moves. Now there is some more space for Stewart, Pietrangelo, and Jake Allen. Plenty of work still needs to be done, but this is a solid move for the St. Louis Blues. Paajarvi will contribute -- just as long as his English is strong enough to understand the phrase "Buy In".
Photo courtesy of Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oilers