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Completely Unsurprising News: David Perron On The Trading Block

Dreger says the Oilers are trying to move Perron

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In the running for the least shocking NHL headline of 2014-15: The Oilers are trying to trade David Perron.

TSN reported it:

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers are interested in dealing forward David Perron.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is reportedly looking for a top line centre in return for the 26-year-old.

Perron isn't worth a first or second-line center with a decent contract, so the Oilers are going to have to give something else up and given the rumors, Martin Marincin seems like a decent bet.

Perron moving on was essentially guaranteed after his post-game interview following the loss to the Devils, where he specifically called out Justin Schultz and Dallas Eakins:

"Something has to change.  When you are making those mistakes, something needs to happen. They are the same mistakes we were doing last year. We keep talking about how much better we are this year, but for me it is the same record now that we had last year. It is not better."


"It's about a full sixty. We need to have accountability from coaches and teammates."

So rather than sell him after a career season, the Oilers do as the Oilers do and wait until his trade value sinks away.  I wrote of Perron's post-game against the Devils:

David, it hasn't been better for nine years and it might be getting worse.  But thanks for that one magical season and good luck in New York or Boston or wherever you end up after that wonderful interview.

Good luck, Dave.  It gets better.