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One Canadian team reportedly no longer of interest to Corey Perry

Published January 15, 2024 at 4:34 PM
BY LIAM
     
Earlier today on the Chris Johnston show, the NHL insider gave a massive update about the brewing Corey Perry sweepstakes. According to Johnston, things haven't progressed between Perry and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that there simply isn't a fit for Perry there. Instead, Johnston said the Edmonton Oilers are now the front runners to sign Corey Perry.


Signing Perry would be an incredible acquisition for the Oilers, likely for little or no cost at all. After his one year, $4M contract was terminated by the Blackhawks, Corey Perry is expected to sign a deal close to league minimum if he returns this year. Considering he's been cleared by commissioner Gary Bettman and he's being heavily connected to the Oilers, it seems likely Perry will return.

Before the off-ice incident brought Perry's time in Chicago to a close, he was a valuable on-ice contributor for the rebuilding team. In 16 games this year, Perry recorded 4 goals and 9 points, and he famously brings a mean streak and attitude to his game that is invaluable in the playoffs.


Johnston went on to explain there's still a few more teams interested in Perry, but alluded to the Oilers potentially being the best fit and emerging as front runners.


If the Oilers are able to sign Perry to a deal close to league minimum, they'd be addressing one of their longest standing needs in depth scoring and a physical veteran leader. As long as the off-ice issues are completely cleared up and the front office does their due diligence in investigating any more claims, there's no reason why Corey Perry wouldn't be a fantastic addition to the Oilers.
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