REPORT: Canadian Team Inching Closer To Signing Corey Perry

Samer Dagher
January 17, 2024  (8:16 PM)

Forward Corey Perry pointing to Toronto Maple Leafs crowd after scoring breakaway goal
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According to multiple reports, one Canadian team is inching closer to securing Corey Perry's services.

Corey Perry Has A Big Decision To Make

Last week, it was confirmed that seasoned forward Corey Perry is now free to sign with other teams. Following a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Perry received permission to explore opportunities as a free agent. Notably, the Chicago Blackhawks had terminated his one-year, $4 million contract in November 2023.
To be eligible for this year's playoffs, Perry must sign with a new team by the March 8 trade deadline. Since Bettman's decision, teams have reportedly expressed interest in Perry, with inquiries and due diligence in progress.
Over the weekend, Elliotte Friedman reported that Perry, now in good standing with the league, is assessing his options for a new contract. The process involves teams evaluating Perry and vice versa, considering factors like team environment and preferences such as a Canadian market or a quieter setting.

Edmonton Oilers Inching Closer To Signing Corey Perry

According to various sources, including Chris Johnston and Frank Seravalli, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly leading the race to sign Perry. The Oilers, being playoff contenders this season, could be an attractive prospect for Perry.
The Edmonton Oilers have emerged as frontrunners for F Corey Perry. Per, multiple sources including Chris Johnston and Frank Seravalli.

The situation with Perry took a messy turn when he released a statement denying rumors about a relationship with Melanie Bedard, mother of former teammate Connor Bedard, following his contract termination from the Blackhawks. The termination was attributed to inappropriate and unacceptable conduct, linked to alcohol consumption.
Despite the controversy, Perry is viewed as a potential asset for any team, especially as the postseason approaches. Considering the Oilers history of giving a second chance to controversial players, such as Evander Kane, it wouldn't be surprising if they pursue Perry.
In his first season with Chicago, Perry contributed four goals and five assists in 16 games. Now, there's speculation about a possible move back to Canada, with the potential for Perry to play alongside another Connor, this time with McDavid in Edmonton.
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