Perron Ruled Out for Start of Training Camp
After a meeting on Monday, Blues GM Doug Armstrong has come to the conclusion that David Perron is not ready to engage in the necessary workouts required to be ready for training camp next month.
Perron has been sidelined since November 4th following an open-ice collision with San Jose forward Joe Thornton. He missed the remaining 72 games of the season.
At this stage of the summer, it would be unrealistic to expect Perron to be ready for camp considering he hasn’t lifted weights or performed normal NHL strength training since the injury occurred. He’ll need to get to the point where he can pass his vo2 testing along with his strength testing before he’s cleared to get back on the ice and get his on-ice skills back to NHL standards.
The on-ice portion of his rehab should be the least of anyone’s concerns as he is naturally gifted with world class ability. He’s also a determined worker who has an unparalleled passion for the game of hockey.
As Armstrong explained in a phone conversation early this morning, Perron is still not symptom free and has yet to take his workouts beyond basic light exercises. He’ll need an unspecified amount of time to get cleared and ramp up his exercise program.
Armstrong tells me he along with the medical experts believe Perron will play NHL hockey this season. No date has been set for a return but it’s obvious he won’t be ready for the start of camp or the regular season.
The Blues prepared themselves this summer by adding right winger Jamie Langenbrunner to the mix. He along with Jason Arnott give the Blues some depth to help overcome the absence of a productive player like Perron.
I asked Armstrong how he would have reacted if he were told last November that Perron would still be sidelined 10 months later…”I’d be shocked”.
In other news, several members of the Blues organization will head to Joplin, Missouri on Thursday to help aid the victims of a recent tornado that devastated the area.
More to come,