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from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
“This summer is just so much different than what I experienced last year,” said Perron, who finished fifth on the team in points, was second in goals, fourth in plus/minus (plus-19) and set a new career-high in game-winning goals (4), all despite missing 25 games. “Last summer, I couldn’t do anything associated with training. It was very tough to take not being able to do it. Now, it couldn’t be more fun that I am able to train. I’m feeling great.”
A feeling that should have Blues supporters thrilled as the team looks to build on a campaign that saw them finish second overall in the Western Conference, a season in which they recorded 49 wins, along with 109 points, to take their eighth divisional crown.
They are also a highly motivated group after losing in four games in the West semifinals to eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
“I don’t really ever think you can say something good came out of losing, but for us, we learned a lot about ourselves, especially what it takes to win it all,” said Perron, the 26th overall selection of St. Louis in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. “For the five years I’ve been here, everyone, young guys and veterans, each and every player is on the same page, heading in the same direction.
“It didn’t work out the way we hoped last year, but I honestly believe we were able to look at what happened and know what we need to do in order to achieve our end goal. There are 30 teams in this league and only one can win it. We want to be that team.”
Knowing he’ll be a major part of the Blues’ push to land their first Stanley Cup championship has Perron primed and ready to get back on the ice.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward David Perron to a four-year contract.
“We’re excited to have David in the fold for the next four years,” said Armstrong. “He made a great comeback by scoring 21 goals in 57 games. We’re comfortable with his health, and we’re confident that he will continue to build on his offense.”
“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. “We had an excellent regular season but we all feel this team has so much more to accomplish.”
The Blues beat the Sharks tonight by the score of 3-1 and wrap up the series 4-1.
David Perron had the game winner midway in the 3rd period.
First game back, David Perron adds a goal to the delight of his teammates and fans.
“I think over the last 13 months I went through all kinds of emotions. It was really fun to get the green light to be back in the game. Just the fact that so many people have helped me throughout the whole time is going to make it that much nicer.
“My parents are coming in for the game, so that will be fun. I’m really excited.”
-David Perron of the St. Louis Blues on his return to the lineup tonight. More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today Blues forward David Perron will return to the lineup when the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CT at Scottrade Center. Including tonight’s game in Colorado, Perron will have missed the last 97 games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4, 2010 against San Jose.
Prior to his injury, Perron had recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in 10 games in 2010-11. Overall, he has accumulated 131 points (53 goals, 78 assists) in 235 games with the Blues since being drafted by St. Louis in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Currently, the Blues are 14-8-2 and sit fifth in the Western Conference.
from the Blues website,
Perron, who has not played since he suffered a concussion on a hit by San Jose’s Joe Thornton Nov. 4, 2010, was given clearance to be a regular participant in practice, thus engaging in full contact.
Perron, 23, missed the final 72 games last season and has sat out the first 18 this season. Although there is no timetable for a return to the lineup, taking another step means he’s that much closer to gaining entry into the lineup for a hot Blues team, which is 4-0-1 since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach.
“I feel good. I feel that it was time to take that step,” Perron said Friday. “It’s just another step, obviously. I’m just going to keep moving forward, which I’ve been doing. There’s still more steps to go, obviously. It’s kind of like getting my conditioning up with the guys and being just a player instead of being the guy you can’t do anything with.
“I’m a long ways from where I was when I started skating. There’s still a ways to go, but we move forward.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that injured forward David Perron will rejoin the team on Monday. Perron has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome after being injured on November 4, 2010 vs. San Jose.
Perron, 23, has missed 72 consecutive games and had seven points (5g, 2a) in 10 games prior to the injury.
added 2:12pm, If you don’t recall the hit from Joe Thornton, you can watch it below…
While the extension of Brent Burns’s contract made a nice little splash in Shark Territory, it didn’t send out a lot of ripples, unless one considers Nashville’s paltry offer to Weber a ripple. I don’t.
We’re back to waiting, waiting, waiting for training camp to start. It seems like training camp is always more fun when some UFA gets a last minute invite. Is there a need for one? The Sharks cupboard seems pretty well stocked at the moment, aside from that ellusive 3rd liner. It won’t be Zherdev. He’s gone back to the KHL.
Ooh look, I knew if I waited a tiny bit longer, the Sharks would say something. They’re so shy. You have to be patient with them:
David Pollak: “MORE THAN A RUMOR: San Jose definitely interested in adding D Colin White now that Devils have bought out his contract.”
There’s a wee bit more on that at Pollak’s blog.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are expecting to begin their 2011-12 season without David Perron, who’s been suffering from post-concussion symptoms since last November when he was hit by San Jose’s Joe Thornton.
“David has shown improvement,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said this morning. “But it’s not to the point where he’s ready to come in and work out and start training yet. The improvement took a big jump a few months ago, but it’s been slow and steady now.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
If there’s been any good to come out of David Perron’s concussion, which has caused him to miss the last four months of the Blues season, it’s that he’s seen another side of life.
“I started to learn Spanish a little bit ... I’m actually getting better,” said Perron, a French-Canadian. “It’s quite easy because speaking French is quite similar. I’m also reading books about becoming a pilot.
“In my life, there was only hockey before that injury, and now you realize there’s more. I can’t say there are too many positives from the injury, because there isn’t, but that’s one of them. I’m looking at life in a different angle, and it’s pretty good. I’m sure when I came back, though, I’ll go back to the exact same (hockey) mindset, but you grow as a human.”
Perron isn’t close to returning to the ice, but he hopes that he’s nearing a solution for the concussion-related symptoms that still linger from a hit by San Jose’s Joe Thornton on Nov. 4.
St. Louis’ David Perron has missed 13 games since a Joe Thornton hit on him, giving him a concussion. It was a good hockey hit, the type players grow up learning. Still, Thornton had to be suspended. You can’t take that hit out of the game, but the league has to try; concussion prevention simply hasn’t kept up with the strength of players.
-Jake Leonard of the San Francisco Chronicle
If you need a refresher, watch the hit below….
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Players and one San Jose broadcaster had suggested that Perron embellished the hit by lying flat on the ice for a while in order to make sure Thornton got the maximum in-game penalty. The fact that Perron was back on the ice less than five minutes later and ended up scoring a goal certainly bolstered the idea.
So were players ready to back down now that the St. Louis forward has been held out of two games?
“Like I said, from what we saw on the bench, it didn’t look that bad,” said Dan Boyle, one of the players I talked with that night. “We felt he embellished. . . . The fact that he’s missed a couple of games certainly makes it a more legit injury. But it didn’t look right from the bench and then he came back right away.”
Both Boyle and Dany Heatley noted that it was unfortunate that Perron has missed a couple of games and “nobody wants that at all.”
But Heatley stuck to his original statement as far as Perron “did stay on the ice to get that five-minute call.”
from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
David Perron experienced headache symptoms during the Blues’ morning skate at TG Garden and will not play against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Perron, who is tied for the team lead in goals with five, experienced the headaches as a result of a hit he sustained to the head on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
San Jose forward Joe Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct on the play. A day later, the NHL handed down an additional two-game suspension to Thornton for blindside hit.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Blues president John Davidson said. “With head injuries, sometimes these symptoms show up a little later. We’ll just have to see how it goes with David, hopefully he’s all right.”
The situation places a large foot directly in the mouth of some national commentators, who criticized Perron for embellishing the play, insinuating his ability to return to the game and score a goal as corroborating evidence.
I wonder if those who claimed Perron embellished the play will make it right by saying they were wrong?
Sharks captain Joe Thornton has been suspended two games for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Perron on Thursday night.
Colin Campbell was travelling on Friday, so Mike Murphy conducted the formal portion of the conference call hearing, and Murphy and Campbell determined that supplemental discipline was required.
Thornton’s agent and brother John Thornton intends on talking to the NHLPA about possibly appealing since Campbell did not conduct the hearing, but it’s unlikely the decision will be overturned.
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (November 5, 2010) – San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $77,419.36 in salary as a result of delivering an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward David Perron in NHL game #176, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:26 of the second period and Thornton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct under Rule 48 for Illegal Check to the Head.
Thornton will miss games against Tampa Bay (Nov. 6) and Anaheim (Nov. 9). He is eligible to return Nov. 11 against the New York Islanders.
Thornton’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Thornton received five for an illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.
Perron is ok.
Watch the hit starting at the 1:05 mark.
via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,
David Perron has signed a two-year, 4.3 million extension with Blues. He will be paid 1.8 and 2.5 next 2 yrs.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward David Perron to a two-year contract.
“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us,” said Armstrong. “We are expecting David to grow into a complete player at this level.”
“I love playing in St. Louis and if front of our fans,” said Perron. “For the past three seasons they have treated me great and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
On an innocent line change, Perron tossed the puck into the offensive zone, and the puck found its way to the back of the net.
“I thought someone else scored,” Perron said. “I had no idea what happened. I turned around and (Cam) Janssen was all over me.”
The crowd of 17,512 was just as surprised as Perron and the Blues. Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky shook his head in disbelief.
from Chris Pinkert of StLouisBlues.com,
(David) Perron admits that having limited playing time as a rookie was hard. He says he wanted to play every game, but insists that learning to deal with adversity is a big part of becoming a pro.
“You just let the coaches make the decision and when you’re on the ice, you play hockey and do your best,” he said. “That’s how I managed to play better in the last part of the season.”
Perron is using the summer to improve his game in hopes of contributing more this upcoming season. As he continued to autograph team posters, he said he’d like to improve his all-around skill, have a quicker shot and a better one timer. He wants to get stronger without losing his agility, and of course, he’d like to score more goals.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
David Perron got a tardy slip Wednesday, and as a result he didn’t play against Detroit.
Perron went home to Sherbrooke, Quebec, for Christmas and missed his return flight Tuesday night to St. Louis. He flew back Wednesday morning and was late for the morning skate.
Blues President John Davidson said that a car accident near the Montreal airport, in part, caused Perron to miss his flight.
from the News-Democrat,
Fast forward to Monday, and Perron began the day as one of the NHL’s hottest scorers with four goals and five points in his last five games. He has goals in four of his last seven contests and pumped some much-welcomed offensive life into a Blues team that followed up a three-game losing streak with four consecutive one-goal victories.
“He’s something special,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He’s got a great passion for the game; he’s a rink rat. There’s no question he’s got the ability to score goals and pass the pucks, plus he has no fear of going into any area on the ice.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
...So, no, Murray doesn’t sound eager to return Perron to junior hockey for the rest of the season.
“We don’t want to say anything until his nine-game trial is up,” Murray said. “We want to keep him on edge.”
To evolve into a Stanley Cup contender, the Blues must integrate fresh talent into their mix during the next few seasons. They must benefit from added skill, fresher legs and increased competition at all their positions.