ST. LOUIS - A familiar face will return to St. Louis next season.
Former Blue David Perron signed a two-year contract worth $7.5 million shortly after free agency opened on Friday.
"He's coming back as a much more mature player on and off the ice, and we're going to be the benefactors of that," said Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. "He's 28 years old and you saw how well he played after his trade to Anaheim. We view him certainly as player that can play in the Top 9. He's versatile, he can play on the right wing or left wing. He gives the coach some options."
"Finally coming home! Missed you guys dearly," Perron tweeted shortly after the signing. "Cannot wait to see all of you again! Back to my 1st love @StLouisBlues."
Perron split last season between Pittsburgh and Anaheim. In 43 regular season games with the Penguins, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward collected 16 points (four goals, 12 assists), while he logged 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 28 outings with the Ducks.
Perron also dressed in seven postseason games with Anaheim, tallying three points (one goal, two assists).
The Sherbrooke, Quebec native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (26th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft and spent the first six of his nine NHL seasons with the club.
"He was very excited about the opportunity to come back to St. Louis," Armstrong said. "He certainly has a warm spot for the fans and the city. When you have players that have been here and are looking to come back, it was nice to hear the excitement in David's voice about returning to the team that drafted him."
Overall, Perron has appeared in 570 career regular season games between St. Louis, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Anaheim, amassing 332 points (141 goals, 191 assists) and 446 penalty minutes. In addition, he has collected 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 31 career postseason games.