The Edmonton Oilers are agreeing to terms with forward Corey Perry. This comes after his contract was terminated by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this year. The termination of his contract was surrounded by rumors and conspiracies which is still not fully clear about what happened. The deal is 1 year at a league minimum of $775,000 with performance bonuses.
Perry had 4 goals and 5 assists in 16 games played this year. His last game was on November 19th against the Buffalo Sabres. His contract was terminated shortly after that and that’s when the rumors started swirling. Corey Perry signing with the Oilers will most likely bring these rumors back to light and may even start new ones.
What Perry Brings To The Oilers
Corey Perry’s years since leaving the Ducks have been stellar. Perry hasn’t been the consistent 30-goal scorer that he used to be but he is effective, especially in the playoffs. He has had three Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the last four years while being a solid bottom-six player. He has been consistently over 20 points a season and this season he was on pace for 46 points on a lowly Chicago Blackhawks team. Arguably he is going to a Stanley Cup favorite now in the Edmonton Oilers. Joining a team that includes the likes of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
What he brings to the Oilers is the grit and rat-like play that he just thrives off of. He will help with that secondary scoring as well as he will bring that grit that is needed to stand up for your star players. He may not be a fighter but he is not a player that will stand down from a scrum in the corner. Perry might not be the player he used to be. He is the player that the Oilers need.