Quebecer David Perron had the best moments of his career with the St. Louis Blues, but was convinced by Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman to continue his career in Detroit.
“Every time Steve Yzerman calls you, it gets your attention,” Perron said, quoted by the National Hockey League website, after signing a two years for $9.5 million with the Wings on Wednesday. You want to know what his plan is.”
A native of Sherbrooke, Perron had a few discussions with the organization of the Blues, the team with which he won the Stanley Cup in 2019, in vain.
“We tried to find common ground with the Blues for quite a while, but it didn't work out,” said Perron, who enjoyed unrestricted free agent status.
“I had a few options which I evaluated with my agent and my family,” he added. The Red Wings are a team ready to take the next step in their evolution with the hires made today [Wednesday], and I wanted to be a part of that.”
With Copp, Kubalik and Chiarot
In addition to Perron, the Wings have added forwards Andrew Copp and Dominik Kubalik to their roster as well as defenseman Ben Chiarot.
In 673 games of regular season with the Blues, the Quebecer totaled 465 points, including 196 goals. He also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights during his career. In 2017-18, he had a career-high 66 points in a season with the Golden Knights.