Oilers' fans react to David Perron trade
Left-winger dealt to the Penguins
The Edmonton Oilers announced on Friday that left-winger David Perron had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for centre Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick.
Perron, acquired by the Oilers from the St. Louis Blues in July 2013, got his ticket out of Edmonton less than two seasons into his tenure with the team.
As the losses continued to pile up for the Oilers in November and December, Perron was not shy in voicing his frustrations.
Dallas Eakins was the first to take the fall for Edmonton's abysmal record, but once it became clear that roster moves would also be made, Perron was an obvious candidate to be dealt. Oilers' management is still in the process of building for the future and Perron is a veteran looking to win now.
In 38 games this season, Perron has 5 goals and 14 assists.
The deal sends him from a team jockeying for postion in the draft lottery to one that is currently leading the Metropolitan Division and considered as a Stanley Cup contender.
Here is just some of the reaction to the trade.
<a href="https://twitter.com/DP_57">@DP_57</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers">@EdmontonOilers</a> gonna miss the only Oiler who plays with heart my personal boycott has now begun , because of this trade—@patolocoAB
IF the Oilers only traded Perron for a late 1st round pick then MacT should be fired. If they did it to use the pick in another trade good—@RayBrinston
Others were more receptive to what Edmonton received in return.
I liked <a href="https://twitter.com/DP_57">@DP_57</a>, but I really don't have a problem with this trade. Fresh start for him and a late 1st rounder in a deep draft...—@AndyStepaniuk
While from a Penguins' perspective, there was surprise over the price that was paid to acquire some help up front.
Getting back from DC and see the trade for Perron. Pens give up a 1st? For David Perron ? Just making sure I didn't hear that wrong.—@JoeThistel
But overall, there seemed to be general agreement that Perron benefited the most from the trade.
Winner in the trade, David Perron. The loser? Connor McDavid, whose chances of going to Edmonton are now higher—@JoshuaCooper