David Perron

David Perron discusses his continued struggles with concussion symptoms

With five goals in his first 10 games, it looked St. Louis Blues forward David Perron was primed to jump a level or two during the 2010-11 season. That early upward trend was interrupted harshly when San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton caught him with a hit that earned Thornton a two-game suspension.

At the time, it almost seemed like an overreaction, at least considering the fact that it appeared largely accidental. Yet to the surprise of just about everyone, Perron never played another game during the 2010-11 season after that hit in November 2010. Since then, the Blues and Perron have been playing a post-concussion syndrome waiting game, with very few concrete details coming to the surface.

Now the question remains: will he even be back by training camp in September or at least the beginning of the 2011-12 season in October? It’s unclear at this point if that will be the case, but Perron said he would do almost anything to make that happen when he discussed his troublesome recovery process with Blues writer Lou Korac.

Are you still searching for ways that can help speed up the recovery process?
There’s not much I didn’t try to do to get better and we’re still looking obviously to find if there’s stuff out there that can help or not. It’s frustrating when you watch the games and we don’t play as well as we know we can, and you want to be out there and maybe create a spark and help the team. But there’s also times when we play really well and it’s fun to watch.

Do you feel you will you be ready to play hockey in September?
I swear, I don’t care if I’m still not feeling better in September, I’ll still say the same: When I was younger, I had my back against the wall to make it to the NHL and I found a way. So I know I’ll find a way, and I don’t care what way it is … I’ll take it.

So the frustration continues for Perron and the Blues. We’ll let you know as word surfaces about his progress, although it might take some time for the puzzlement and confusion to subside.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.