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David Perron Returns To The Blues; No Timetable For Him To Play

In what was welcome news today, the St. Louis Blues held a press conference announcing that David Perron would be returning to the team. Perron, who has been out since November, resumed light workouts and skating 3-4 weeks ago, according to the Canadian Press. Perron hasn't lifted weights or done any heavy training, which means that getting him back into game shape will take a little while. 

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As per NHL rules, he'll have to get a baseline test. From STLToday, Jeremy Rutherford discussed Perron's progress with Blues GM Doug Armstrong:

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"He’ll have to get a baseline test administered sometime this week. When he passes that, he’ll go to the next step with our training staff. Then he’ll progress to training in the room, training in the exercise room, then training on the ice."

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Perron, once he is healthy enough to resume physical contact, may begin his season with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate, on a conditioning stint. The Blues haven't rushed Perron, who has been blessedly left alone by the hockey media concerning his concussion. Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been a focal point there. But the Blues, like the Penguins with Crosby, realize that rushing their forward to the ice could do far more harm than good.

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