St. Louis Blues forward David Perron is on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list, head coach Craig Berube confirmed Sunday.
Berube did not elaborate on whether Perron, 32, has tested positive for COVID-19 or if he has any chance to return for the Blues' postseason opener Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche. He's the third Blues player to be added to the COVID protocol list in the last week, following defenseman Jake Walman, who tested positive for the coronavirus despite having it previously and being fully vaccinated, and forward Nathan Walker.
Perron has arguably been the Blues' most indispensable player this season, scoring 19 goals with 39 assists in 56 games and becoming the first Blues player since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03 to average more than a point per game for a season. "He's the heart and soul of this team. Hopefully we get through fine, but it's frustrating," Blues captain Ryan O'Reilly said of Perron's absence.
Forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who has not played since May 3 due to a lower-body injury, could return and fill Perron's spot on the top line Monday. He had four goals and 10 assists in 24 regular-season games.