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Report: Perron’s name comes up as Oilers seek trade for ‘top center’

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: David Perron #57 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2014 in New York City. The Oilers defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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With frustration mounting the day after a brutal sixth consecutive loss, it’s not too surprising to hear that the Edmonton Oilers are “working the phones” to make a trade.

The specifics are a little more intriguing, though. David Perron ranks among the names being shopped in Edmonton’s quest to land a “top center,” according to TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Perron, 26, was traded to Edmonton before the 2013-14 season began. While his possession stats remain strong - especially compared to most of his teammates - his offensive production is far off his breakout pace from last season. Combine disappointing results with his exasperated comments regarding the Oilers’ continued struggles and it’s simple to see why the team might be shopping him.

Even many of those who (justifiably) defend Perron are howling at the idea of the Oilers landing a “top center” for the rugged winger, as you can see from these Twitter responses:

Earlier on Sunday, social media was aflutter with speculation when word mistakenly (at least, mistakenly for now?) surfaced that the Oilers would hold a press conference. While it doesn’t sound like that’s happening, it’s clear that this the Oilers are a team to monitor today.

After all, one can only wonder how long Edmonton can stand pat. Perron asked as much heading into this weekend.

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