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Blues' Perron won't be ready to start season

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 11:24 AM / 2011 Offseason News

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues received some bad news this week as 23-year-old left wing David Perron will not be ready for the start of the season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in a game Nov. 4 against San Jose.

Perron, who stayed in that game and even scored a goal after taking an elbow to the head from Sharks captain Joe Thornton, didn't play again for the rest of the season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Perron and his agent, Allan Walsh, had a conference call with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and the club's medical personnel earlier in the week, where it was determined he wasn't going to be ready.

St. Louis opens the 2011-12 season at home Oct. 8 against Nashville.

"David has shown improvement. But it's not to the point where he's ready to come in and work out and start training yet," Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch. "The improvement took a big jump a few months ago, but it's been slow and steady now. We're going to continue down the course we're at right now. But where we're at now, in the summer and with training camp, we've decided to just move forward with the idea that David won't be ready for training camp … he'll just continue to progress and when he is ready, whatever time he is ready, he'll jump back in and start his training to resume his career. But we're not expecting him at training camp."

Armstrong added that a decision had to be made now so Perron won't have to answer any questions about his availability and the coaching staff knows exactly where the roster stands with training camp approaching.

"I think it's just better for David, for the coaches, for everyone to realize that he is progressing but we're not expecting him to be ready at training camp," Armstrong said.

Perron, who had 7 points in 10 games before Thornton's hit knocked him out for the season, hasn't even skated or lifted weights since the injury occurred.

"Not only is he going to have to get his skating legs back, he's going to have to get his body back in NHL shape," Armstrong said. "With that is going to come his puck skills, his hands and timing. There's going to be a process that he's going to have to go through once he does get medically cleared to do the physical training."

What remains unknown is when that may be.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery