Forward Corey Perry in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform during pre-game warm-up
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REPORT: Front-Runner To Land Corey Perry Officially Ruled Out By Insider

Published January 19, 2024 at 12:36
According to insider Frank Seravalli, one contending team who was rumored as a favorite to land Corey Perry has been officially ruled out.

Insider Frank Seravalli Rules Out Contending Canadian Team For Corey Perry

After NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed veteran forward Corey Perry's eligibility to sign with other teams, rumors are swirling about potential landing spots for the free agent. Perry's one-year, $4 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks was terminated in November 2023, making him available for a new team before the March 8 trade deadline and the playoffs.

Reports indicate that several teams have inquired about Perry, with speculation linking him to a possible return to Canada. The Edmonton Oilers are considered front-runners for the veteran forward. However, Frank Seravalli has ruled out the Toronto Maple Leafs as potential suitors, suggesting they are not in the mix.

«Outside of Edmonton, I don't really think Toronto's in the mix,» Seravalli said, ruling out other teams like the Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadiens or Ottawa Senators, who aren't in playoff contention.

Despite the messy situation in Chicago, Perry is in good standing in the league and could be a valuable addition to a contender before the trade deadline. This move would provide a fresh start for Perry, moving on from the controversial contract termination with the Blackhawks, which included rumors about his relationship with Melanie Bedard, the mother of former teammate Connor Bedard. Perry was reportedly dismissed from the team due to inappropriate and unacceptable conduct fueled by alcohol consumption.

As the postseason approaches, Perry's experience and skillset make him an attractive option for teams looking to bolster their roster for a playoff push.

January 19   |   262 answers
REPORT: Front-Runner To Land Corey Perry Officially Ruled Out By Insider

Who will sign Perry?

Edmonton11744.7 %
Florida3513.4 %
Vancouver2810.7 %
Other8231.3 %
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