The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second round pick in the 2014 draft to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward David Perron according to multiple reports. This could have been the move that GM Craig MacTavish was referring to when he addressed the media and stated that he was hoping to make one more move that would help fill a hole on the roster.
Last season with the Blues, Perron scored 10 goals and added 15 assists in all 48-regular season games. The season prior he scored a career high 21 goals despite being limited to just 57 games. He does have a history with concussions thanks to the one he suffered on November 4, 2010 in a game against the San Jose Sharks that forced him to miss all but 10 games that season.
Giving up Paajarvi doesn’t come as a surprise given the amount of trade chatter that surrounded the young forward over the past couple of seasons. With tremendous upside, there were too many question marks surrounding Paajarvi on when he would finally take the next step and become an elite top-six player in Edmonton. In short the move makes the Oilers better immediately versus the future that Paajarvi was planned to be a part of.
Immediate reaction to the trade on the Twitter wire is positive from Oilers fans. Many fans hate to see Paajarvi leave town but the return of Perron is exciting to most.
The deal to move Perron from St. Louis will allow them to focus on signing restricted free agents Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo as the trade frees up nearly $4 million in cap space.
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