from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Do you remember what Chief said about pending free agent David Perron back then?
“He’s a highly competitive guy,” Berube said about Perron, perhaps hoping Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was listening. “I would say his competitiveness is up there with anybody, for sure. Just when you watch him on pucks and stuff, just how competitive he is, one-on-one with the puck, there are not many better to be honest with you. He’s a highly competitive person. He wants to do well. He wants the team to do well. More than anything from David that’s what I get out of him. A highly competitive person.”
And yes, the competitiveness was contagious.
“Guys watch people,” Berube added during those comments from last postseason. “Players look at individuals, whether it’s in practice or in games, how they carry themselves, what they do, their work ethic, all that stuff. I think it rubs off.”
But Armstrong didn’t budge.
Often praised for his cold and calculated approach to building a roster, Armstrong turned the page on the beloved Blue, letting Perron walk the free-agent route to Detroit on a totally reasonable two-year, $9.5 million deal the Blues could have matched if they prioritized Perron over, say, defenseman Nick Leddy.
Now Perron is producing for the Red Wings, which should come as no surprise.