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David Perron talks about feels re-signing Blues
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DAVID PERRON TALKS ABOUT HOW HE FEELS NOT RE-SIGNING WITH THE BLUES - IT'S NOT GOOD

AUG 3, 2022  (21H20)      S. HARPER
Ever since the NHL introduced the salary cap its made it hard on NHL General Manager's to keep their teams together, and also has forced their hands into making moves that they wish they didn't have to, to stay under the cap.

That was indeed the case in St Louis when Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong didn't make a contract offer to long time Blues forward David Perron.

The 34 year-old Perron was popular amongst fans and his teammates, Perron was drafted by the Blues originally but would make stops along the way in Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and Anaheim before his third trip back in St Louis.

After Perron didn't receive a offer from the Blues, he would sign a two-year $9.5 million dollar contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Last Friday, as Perron and his kids went skating and twirled around the rink, the kids asked their dad a question:

"Kids: Why do you still have the Blues practice jersey on?

Perron: Well, I don't have any other gear yet.

Before they left St. Louis Perron stopped by a local sports store and felt weird just looking around at the merchandise.

We're used to the Cardinals and (Busch) Stadium, and then you see the Detroit Tigers gear, it's kind of surreal.

Perron shared with The Athletic  that he bought his son a Red Wings hat at the store, his first item since leaving the Blues.

That's not something I thought I would ever do, starting my career against (Detroit), in the same division, playing them eight times a year. That's going to be a lot different for me to change to red jerseys.

I'm still in a little bit of shock that it didn't work out, just kind of the way the years went. I guess if you see my performance declining or something, then you're like, ‘Maybe there's something there.' That's still like raw to me. I had to let some of the dust settle and I guess I still have to let that happen."

After the performance, the loyalty, winning the Stanley Cup, leaving, coming back, leaving, coming back, all that combined, I just felt like if you wanted someone, you make it happen, you find a way. There's no excuse there for me. That's what is really hurting me for sure. I'm not saying it's going to be the right or wrong decision from the team perspective, but I just kind of felt like I commanded and earned that a little bit.

I just felt like that was going to be an easy extension to get done over the summer. I wasn't going to be crazy. I just wanted something where I felt respected. I see my perspective, I don't see necessarily everything, but I truly believe in life when you want to make something happen, you do. I'm not trying to prove a point. That's just life if you want to get it done, you get it done.

The Red Wings are a team that I think are ready to take the next step in their evolution and I wanted to be a part of that." 

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