Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/10/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues speaks to an NHL referee during a break in game action against the Los Angeles Kings in their NHL game at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS Securing a young star for a long-term vision can include risk. The St. Louis Blues' signing of winger David Perron to a four-year, 15.25 million contract reveals this much: General manager Doug Armstrong trusts the 24-year-old will be remembered more for his talent than his suspect health. There are two ways to look at Perron's signing Thursday. On one hand, the Blues secured a dynamic threat that could grow into one of the NHL's best offensive weapons. Perron scored a career-high 21 goals in 57 games last season on his way to producing 42 points, which stand as the second-most in his five-year Blues tenure to the 47 he earned in the 2009-10 campaign. He's agile, athletic and full of upside. Next season, he'll be trusted to be a key part of St. Louis' attempt to earn consecutive playoff berths for the first time since accomplishing the feat after the 2003-04 campaign. But little is easy when discussing Perron's future, and despite his promise, one fact can't be ignore...
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