Corey Perry will reportedly join the Toronto Maple Leafs next week

Published January 11, 2024 at 11:21 PM
Hockey fans are buzzing about the possibility of veteran forward Corey Perry returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs, possibly as early as next week.

Insights from TSN's Carlo Colaiacovo suggest there's interest from both sides for a short-term contract to finish the 2023-24 season.

"My understanding is that there is mutual interest between the Leafs and Corey Perry."

- Carlo Colaiacovo

Colaiacovo shared this on TSN's 'First Up,' highlighting the potential fit for Perry with the Leafs. While some may question the report's reliability compared to other well-known insiders, the idea of Perry joining the Leafs makes sense given the team's need for playoff experience and more scoring options.

Perry's history with the Leafs adds an interesting twist to the speculation. In 2020, the Leafs and Perry were close to a deal, but it fell through due to cap constraints.

Now, with the Leafs aiming to overcome playoff challenges, Perry could bring valuable veteran leadership and additional scoring options.

Despite facing challenges earlier in the season, including being let go by the Chicago Blackhawks and rumors about his personal life, Perry has worked on his issues and received approval from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to sign a new contract. Perry issued a statement addressing the allegations, emphasizing his commitment to overcoming struggles with alcoholism.

While the Leafs are one of the reported interested parties, it remains to be seen whether Perry will sign with them. Considering his experience and skill set, Perry could become a sought-after addition for multiple NHL teams gearing up for the playoff push. Stay tuned for further developments as Perry's potential return unfolds.

Source: Carlo Colaiacovo, former NHL player
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Corey Perry will reportedly join the Toronto Maple Leafs next week

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