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Perron wants to be back with the Blues next seasonOzark Radio News

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David Peron didn’t hesitate when asked by reporters if he hoped to return to the St. Louis Blues next season.

“I would love to be back,” he said. “That desire has been there for me in the last year, during the year and right now.”

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Perron has just completed a four-year deal with the Blues and could be one of the team’s biggest unrestricted free agents this summer, joining the striker Tyler Bozakdefender Nick Leddy and guardian City Husso as key parts of the currently out-of-contract roster for next season.

The free agency opens on July 13.

Perron led the Blues in the playoffs in goals (nine) and points (13) and shared the team lead with his teammate 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 definitely be interested in bringing Perron back if something could be worked out.

“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’s done this year in particular – the injury he suffered in Chicago was agonizing for everyone involved, but when he came back here he showed what he can do down the stretch and in the playoffs. He’s a very good player, but more importantly, he’s a better person. I saw him grow up, become a husband and a father, I see the influence he has on our young players. They see its competitiveness on a daily basis. He’s a real pro and he’s been a really good St. Louis Blue.

“If we can make it work, I’d love to.”

“He’s a competitor”, teammate Justin Faulk added. “You want guys on your team that are ready to compete and love to do this job, (guys) you know they’re going to step up and work hard when it’s needed. That’s what David Peron Is. He is ready for the moment, he is not afraid of it.

Perron was drafted by the Blues in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and 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 us and me,” Perron said. “It’s something to play with (O’Reilly) and this whole band, I’d like it to continue. I feel like I’ve built myself as a [good] hockey player over the years and I want that to continue for sure. I’ve found a way to play the game right now where I feel like I can be consistent every night, impact the game and be positive for the team.