Corey Perry skating for his new team the Edmonton Oilers.
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Corey Perry Opens up on shocking decision to sign with the Edmonton Oilers

Published January 26, 2024 at 4:05 PM
BY TOM BANKS
     
The Edmonton Oilers have been on an incredible run as of late, and while many expected them to address defence or goaltending, their first big move was to land veteran forward Corey Perry.

An intriguing pickup for the Edmonton Oilers



Perry began the season with the Chicago Blackhawks, but after some poor behaviour behind the scenes, the veteran forward was eventually terminated by the team.

After a meeting with the Commissioner Gary Bettman, Perry was officially cleared to return to the league, and after some speculation, he landed with the red-hot Edmonton Oilers.


EDMONTON, AB The Edmonton Oilers and free-agent forward Corey Perry have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $775,000 plus performance bonuses.

The 38-year-old right-winger has played 1,273 career NHL regular season games, scoring 421 goals and 471 assists for 892 points. Perry has also played 196 career playoff games, recording 53 goals and 71 assists for 124 points.

During the 2010-11 season with the Anaheim Ducks, the Peterborough, Ont. native scored 50 goals and 98 points to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer, plus the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP.

Perry won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Ducks and also played in three consecutive Stanley Cup Final series with the Dallas Stars (2020), Montreal Canadiens (2021) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2022).

He also captured Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi).

Perry will be the first player in Oilers history to wear jersey number 90.

With several teams reportedly interested, landing with Evander Kane, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl was an interesting choice for Perry, and now he has revealed exactly why this was his favourite landing spot.

«When you have a 6 year old kid you tend to follow Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers» - Corey Perry | 📸: @edmontonoilers


It's easy to see why young people and prospective hockey players enjoy the work of Connor McDavid, and given the chance to play with his 6-year old's favourite player, this was a no-brainer.

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