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Perron wants to be back with Blues next season

Forward is one of several Blues who could become an unrestricted free agent this summer

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

David Perron didn't hold back when asked by reporters if he hoped to return to the St. Louis Blues next season.

"I'd love to be back," he said. "That desire has been there for me last year, during the year, and right now."

Perron just completed a four-year contract with the Blues and could be one of the team's biggest unrestricted free agents this summer, joining forward Tyler Bozak, defenseman Nick Leddy and goalie Ville Husso as key pieces of the roster currently without contracts for next season.

Free agency opens July 13.

Perron led the Blues in the playoffs in goals (nine) and points (13) and shared the team-lead with linemate Ryan O'Reilly with four power-play goals.

During the regular season, Perron contributed 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists).

Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday he would certainly be interested in bringing Perron back if something can be worked out.

Video: O'Reilly, Perron reflect on 2021-22 season

"He's a hell of a player," Armstrong said. "He fights Father Time better than anyone, better than 95 or 99 percent of the NHL. What he did this year especially - the injury he sustained in Chicago was nerve-wrecking for everyone involved, but when he got back in here he showed what he can do down the stretch and into the playoffs. He's a very good player, but more importantly, he's a better person. I've seen him grow, become a husband and a father, I see the influence he has on our younger players. They see the competitiveness he has on a daily basis. He's a true pro and has been a very good St. Louis Blue.

"If we can make it work out, I'd love to."

"He's a competitor," teammate Justin Faulk added. "You want guys on your team that are willing to compete and love to put in that work, (guys) you know are going to step up and work hard when it's needed. That's what David Perron does. He's ready for the moment, he's not scared of it."

Perron was drafted by the Blues in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft and has had three separate stints with the organization, playing 11 years of his 15-year career with St. Louis. Other stops have included Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Vegas.

"My kids are in school right now, they love the city, just like we do and I do," Perron said. "It's something to be playing with (O'Reilly) and this whole group, I'd love to keep it going. I feel like I've built myself as a [good] hockey player over the years and I want to keep this going, for sure. I found a way to play the game right now where I feel like I can be consistent every night, have an impact on the game and be a positive for the team."

Video: Armstrong, Berube recap the season

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