2012 NHL Free Agency: St. Louis Blues Give David Perron the Contract He Deserves
St. Louis has not made a huge splash this offseason, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Blues have quietly been making sure they take care of business to build the best possible team for the 2012-2013 season.
Even before free-agent frenzy started, the Blues made sure they locked up the players they needed. The Blues signed the much anticipated Vladimir Tarasenko for three years and Chris Stewart to a one-year deal before Father's Day. They followed that up by inking Barrett Jackman and Scott Nichol. Jeff Woywitka, the former Blue, was their first major target of free agency, but all of that took a backseat to the newest signing.
On November 4, 2010, the St. Louis faithful were not happy at all. Joe Thornton came out of the penalty box and immediately laid an elbow directly to the head of David Perron. He laid on the ice for a couple of minutes before being escorted to the Blues locker room. While he came back on ice and eventually scored the game-winning goal, it was just false hope.
The day after started a 97-game recovery period that spanned 393 days. But the day Perron returned was glorious.
Perron came back against the divisional rival Chicago Blackhawks, and on his very first game, he put the puck over the shoulder of Ray Emery. This jump-started a 57-game season that saw him put up 42 points with only 19 penalty minutes.
Perron is one of the few true left wingers in the Blues' system. He has become a homegrown superstar that every fan wants to see on the ice for 82 games. He is also the pure goal scorer that can tandem with Tarasenko to form one of the most lethal combos in the NHL.
"I love the city of St. Louis and I’m thrilled to play in front of these awesome fans for another four years," said Perron of the deal, via NHL.com. "We had an excellent regular season but we all feel this team has so much more to accomplish."
The Blues have taken care of business this offseason. They have locked up Perron for four years, and are close to a deal with T.J. Oshie.
Watch out Cardinal Nation, St. Louisians are going to be bleeding blue.
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