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David Perron Not Expected To Begin Season With St. Louis Blues

Sad news today regarding Blues forward David PerronPerron, as you might remember, was injured on November 4th as he was leaving the penalty box by San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton. Perron returned to the ice and scored a goal ten minutes later as the Blues beat the Sharks, 2-0. However, that was Perron's last goal and last game so far as a Blue. That situation doesn't look to be any different for a while.

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Perron's concussion didn't automatically manifest itself, leading to some sportswriters to say that Thornton's two game suspension for a hit to the head was unjustified. Thornton stated that it was accidental, and while it probably was, the hit gave Perron probably the worst and least talked about concussion of the season.

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It's hit almost Savardian levels. Perron, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong, has not been cleared for off ice or on ice workouts.

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"Where we're at now, in the summer and with training camp, we've decided to just move forward with the idea that David won't be ready for training camp ... he'll just continue to progress and when he is ready, whatever time he is ready, he'll jump back in and start his training to resume his career. But we're not expecting him at training camp."

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With the Blues' camp just six weeks away, it was becoming more than obvious that Perron would not be ready for it. All that most Blues fans were waiting on was an official statement from the team. Unfortunately for people who suffer from concussions, you can never tell when you'll be 100% - or if you'll be 100% again. That's what makes injuries like this to Perron, Sidney Crosby, Marc Savard, and others so important to prevent. If they do happen, though, healing takes time and patience. Thankfully the Blues understand that.

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I took a look at this when it happened at Thrashing the Blues, and was struck by Perron's tone after the hit:

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↵↵"Obviously, Joe's not a dirty player. It's good I got to score a goal and it was a big one for us."

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A big goal for the team, but hopefully not Perron's last one as a Blue.

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Oh, wait - I thought he wasn't concussed? Hm. Jamie Baker want to take a look at this again?

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