David Perron’s four-year deal was an interesting call for both sides.
I figured a short-term deal made since for both sides. Perron operates under the concussion cloud, especially during the coming season, but he also possesses breakout scoring potential.
Both sides could have hedged their bets with a one- or two-year agreement. But both sides saw value in the longer term.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong weighed the re-injury risk against the benefits of cost control. If Perron more or less stays healthy, he would be worth far more than just under $4 million per year in average salary.
(Veteran forward Jiri Hudler got a four-year, $16 million contract in Calgary. And he could be a 40-point forward in the Flames offense).
Perron weighed the risk of selling himself short against the benefit of financial security. Health can be fleeting in the NHL, especially for players with major concussions in their medical history.
The escalating contract structure favors the Blues, maximizing Armstrong’s budget flexibility the next two seasons as he sorts through other issues.
One of those matters is forward T.J. Oshie, who is on the cusp of earning big dollars in the NHL. He is still an emerging talent. He is still striving to define his full offensive potential.
But he is a skilled player with a physical and energetic style. Such players are hard to find.
If Perron can get a long-term deal, surely the Blues will find a way to secure Oshie for the long haul.
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