The St. Louis Blues traded left winger David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The deal allows the Blues to drop Perron’s contract, which would have taken up $3.8 million in cap space this season and $12.25 million over its final three years. In return the Blues add a player with plenty of upside. The 25 year old Perron has 84 goals and 198 points in 340 games and was the 26th pick overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.
The 22 year old Paajarvi is fast and big at 6’3, 208-pounds. He was the 10th player taken overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. Paajarvi has 26 goals and 58 points in 163 NHL games over three seasons. While shocked about the trade, he told NHL.com he’s excited about coming to a Stanley Cup contender.
“All I can say is I had a great time and I can speak good of Edmonton, and coming to St. Louis, it’s a new chapter. I’m actually excited to come to a contending team right away. I haven’t been in the playoffs yet in three years, so hopefully I can contribute to the team and do what I need to do.”
Here’s a great goal from Paajarvi against Colorado back in early March. The Cardinals may want to look at his as a pinch hitter!