Gagne > Perron
The ONLY knock on Gagne is he is injury prone.
Other than that, he can be a first line player.
I gotta disagree with you Curt. Gagne has some miles and injuries on him. Perron has neither and has already shown his skill level and has way more upside than Gagne does, imo.
That trade wouldn't help the Blues I don't think.
I'm not saying I'd trade Perron for Gagne. I'm just saying if both are 100% healthy, I'd rather have Gagne RIGHT NOW...he's the better player based on what both have done.
Health is a huge concern for Gagne though, so I don't know if I'd want to do that trade.
Gagne doesn't have "some miles on him". He's only 30...granted, Perron is far younger at 22.
The last three seasons Gagne has been healthy, he's put up 47, 41 and 34 goals.
Perron has proven he's a 20 goal scorer in the NHL so far...but yes, he can/should improve.
Gagne has proven he's a 40 goal scorer in the NHL, and he's only 30...so there's no reason why he continue to be a 40 goal scorer if he is healthy.
I'll make a bet with you...
If Gagne plays more than 74 games, he'll score more goals than Perron this season.