ST. LOUIS -- With restricted free agents Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Jake Allen still to sign, and limited space to squeeze them under the salary cap, the St. Louis Blues traded forward David Perron on Wednesday to get some room.
But Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said sending Perron to the Edmonton Oilers wasn't just a move to free up salary-cap space but one that adds an impact player, forward Magnus Paajarvi, in return.
The Blues traded Perron, a left wing, to the Oilers for Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The deal will enable the Blues to shed Perron's contract, which would have taken up $3.8 million in cap space in 2013-14 and $12.25 million over its final three years.
The Blues add a player they feel is still evolving: Paajarvi, who is 22 and brings speed along with a 6-foot-3, 208-pound frame. The restricted free agent was the 10th player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft. He had a cap value of $1.525 million last season on his entry-level deal, according to CapGeek.com.