After a flurry of acquisition rumors in the hockey world this weekend, the Edmonton Oilers announced Monday morning that they have signed veteran forward Corey Perry.
of The team posted on social media shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time that it had signed Perry. A one-year contract with an “average annual value of $775,000 plus performance bonuses.”
On Monday, shortly after the deal was announced, Perry was seen practicing with his new Oilers teammates at Rogers Place.
Perry became a free agent after the Chicago Blackhawks, who signed him to a one-year contract in the offseason, terminated his contract in the fall.
In a statement issued by the Blackhawks in late November, the club said after an internal investigation “it was determined that Corey Perry engaged in unacceptable conduct and violated both terms of his contract.” announced that it plans to cancel its contract. and the Blackhawks’ internal policies designed to promote a professional and safe working environment. ”
The Blackhawks did not provide details about what Perry allegedly did, but told reporters the situation involved a “personal personnel matter” and could not provide further details. Told.
However, Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said, “This has nothing to do with the players or their families, and anyone suggesting otherwise is completely inaccurate and frankly offensive.”
In late November, Perry released a statement regarding the Blackhawks’ investigation, saying, “I would like to sincerely apologize to the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization, including owners, management, coaches, trainers, employees, and teammates.”
“I would also like to apologize to my fans and family,” his statement reads in part. “I’m embarrassed and I’ve let everyone down.
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“As a result of my actions, there has been speculation and rumors. I am disgusted by the impact this has had on others, but I want to make it clear that my teammates and their families were in no way implicated in this situation.” Most importantly, I want to apologize directly to those who were negatively affected, and I am sorry for any further impact it may have had on others. My actions were inappropriate and wrong. Ta.”
Perry also did not provide details about what actions led to the investigation.
The Oilers announced that Perry will wear No. 90.
Perry, an Ontario native, has a reputation as a tough competitor. The 38-year-old player is past his prime in terms of scoring goals, but he scored more goals in the 2010-11 regular season than any other NHL player, earning him the annual Most Valuable Player award that year. Earned the Heart Trophy. The most valuable member of his team.
During his career, Perry played in 1,273 NHL regular season games, scoring 421 goals, along with 471 assists and 1,392 penalty minutes.
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He won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and played in 196 playoff games during his career, accumulating 53 goals and 71 assists for 124 points.
Perry also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and Dallas Stars.
News of Perry’s signing comes as the Oilers continue their historic winning streak.
After a 3-1 win over the Flames in Calgary on Saturday night, the Oilers have now won 13 straight games, a record for a team playing in a Canadian city.
The Oilers have been on a great mission to turn their season around over the past few weeks. In November, the club fired head coach Jay Woodcroft and replaced him with Kris Knoblauch after a poor start to the 2023-24 season.
The Oilers have won 23 of 29 games since the manager change.
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–With files from Michelle Butterfield, Global News
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