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David Perron Will Hit The 1000 Games Played Tomorrow

12/09/2022 at 4:00pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It's a quite an honor. Perron will become only the 374th player to reach the milestone.

"It's a lot more games than I thought I would get to," Perron said.

It's been quite a career for Perron, 34, who signed a two-year free-agent contract with the Wings last summer worth $9.5 million ($4.75 million per salary cap charge). Through 999 games, Perron is at 277 goals and 408 assists for 685 points,. He has reached double figures in goals 14 times in his career, a mark of his consistency.

Perron was signed for the unique blend of skills he's always brought to a team. Be it grit, offensive skills particularly on the power play, his improved attention to defense over the years, and veteran leadership coming from a winning culture from St. Louis, where the Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup.

Thus far, it's been a perfect addition. Perron has eight goals and 12 assists (20 points) in 26 games, and become an important presence on and off the ice.

"He's brought a lot to our group in a short period of time," coach Derek Lalonde said. "Even the big picture of him getting to that point and the way he keeps competing and playing with such passion. (These milestones), they're so rare in this league."

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