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Elliotte Friedman Drops Major News On Corey Perry's Attempt To Fight Back Contract Termination


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Julien Trekker
December 14, 2023  (1:29 PM)
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Elliotte Friedman has provided the latest update on Corey Perry in the latest episode of "32 Throughts".

Friedman Reveals the NHLPA Could File a Grievance Regardless of Perry's Decision

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Corey Perry still has some time to decide whether he intends to file a grievance with the NHLPA concerning his contract termination by the Chicago Blackhawks. While there has been considerable speculation about Perry's intentions, Elliotte Friedman has shared an update suggesting that the Players' union might pursue a grievance even if Perry opts not to do so.
I've written before that the NHLPA did not contest Patrik Berglund's contract termination from Buffalo in 2018 because the player wanted no part of it. Don't know what Corey Perry's decision will be, but there definitely is a push for the union to grieve even if Perry declines. I don't know exact details and have no desire to minimize anything, but there are strong feelings the NHLPA cannot allow this precedent.

In light of the limited information available about the incident, it remains tough to guess the organization's position.

Other Option for the Union If No Grievance Is Filed

Friedman also suggested another scenario for the NHLPA and the NHL, should they come to an agreement. This potential solution involves creating a one-time "carve-out" to ensure that Corey Perry's termination case does not serve as a precedent for future situations.
Another option would be a one-time «carve-out» that Perry's case/reason for termination will have no bearing on any other situation. (Of course, the league would need to agree.) That has happened before with things like contract timelines during COVID and what is allowed during summer on-ice workouts, but this would be much higher stakes.

If the NHL believes the contract termination was justified, it would be surprising to see them agree to such a carve-out.
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