New Red Wing David Perron: Blues didn't appreciate me

The Stanley Cup winner has a chip on his shoulder.

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Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve YZerman was an absolute madman at the start of the NHL's free agency period last month, bringing aboard the likes of Ann Arbor native Andrew Copp as well as forward Dominik Kubalik, along with defensemen Olli Maatta and Ben Chiarot. He also acquired former St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso in an early July trade. 

And one additional signing that has the potential to be extremely underrated was his decision to bring ink 2019 Stanley Cup champion David Perron, who has played the majority of his career with the Blues. He's also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, and Vegas Golden Knights.

"That’s still like raw to me," Perron said of departing the team he's spent the majority of his career with. "I had to let some of the dust settle, and I guess I still have to let that happen."

"I just felt like that was going to be an easy extension to get done over the summer," Perron said. "I wasn't going to be crazy. I just wanted something where I felt respected."

The veteran forward enjoyed a successful final year with the Blues, scoring 27 goals with 30 assists before adding another nine goals in 12 playoff games, including an opening round Game 1 hat trick against the Minnesota Wild. But according to Perron himself, he didn't feel appreciated enough by team management when it came time to negotiate a new deal, which obviously never came. 

"After the performance, the loyalty, winning the Stanley Cup ... all that combined, I just felt like if you wanted someone, you make it happen, you find a way," Perron said. 

"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."