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Vaughn: Perron's injury risk was too high for Blues to keep him

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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 1-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) By Jim McIsaac NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 1-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) By Jim McIsaac
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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20:  David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 1-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) By Jim McIsaac NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 1-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) By Jim McIsaac
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(HockeyStL) - The Blues traded winger David Perron Wednesday to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left winger Magnus Paarjarvi and a second round draft pick.

Paarjarvi is a 22- year-old native of Sweden. He's 6'3" 208 pounds. He was the Oilers 10th overall draft pick in 2009. He hasn't scored much in his time in the NHL, he recorded 9 goals and 7 assists last season in 42 games. His best season was in 2010-11 when he scored 15 goals with 19 assists in 80 games.

At first glance, it looks like the Blues are sacrificing offense for a bigger, tougher player. Perron is immensely talented with the puck, but has frustrated the Blues at times with selfish play in the offensive zone.

Perron is also a long term injury risk. He was out for nearly a full season after suffering a serious concussion in the 2010-11 season. There have been many players who had their NHL career cut short because of concussion problems. Hopefully, Perron won't suffer another one, but that seems unlikely considering the violent nature of the game.

If the Blues felt the need to shake-up the roster and depart with one of their young, core players Perron seemed the most likely to go. Paarjarvi is also making about $3 million a year less than Perron which helps the Blues, who are near the top of the salary cap.

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