Disgraced forward reportedly finds new home in the hockey world

Published January 14, 2024 at 3:17
Unrestricted free agent Corey Perry, whose reputation faced some challenges in NHL circles in November, is generating interest from various rumored teams, with the latest being the Edmonton Oilers, according to insider Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.

Seravalli sees the Oilers as a genuine contender for Perry, citing the team's historical thinness on the right side of their lineup.

Beyond on-ice fit, Perry, an 18-year playoff-hardened veteran, brings valuable playoff experience and a competitive spirit that could add a different dynamic to the Oilers' bottom six.

"I think the Oilers are an authentic candidate. I think when you consider their roster and how, for whatever reason, going back to even the Puljiarvi days, the right side of their lineup has always kind of been slightly thin and I think that part makes a ton of sense."

Despite being 38 years old, Perry had a promising start to the season, contributing nine points in 16 games while averaging just under 15 minutes per night.

Initially acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks in a draft day trade and signed to a one-year, $4 million contract, Perry's veteran leadership intentions didn't quite materialize in Chicago.

However, the Oilers, amid a 9-game win streak and a desire to bolster their roster for the second half of the season, might find value in Perry's experience as they aim for success in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"(He's a) talented player, someone that has had lots of playoff success, three straight Stanley Cup finals and of course won one to start his career with the Anaheim ducks He's just someone that oozes competitiveness, and I think that's one thing at times, from a consistent standpoint talking about the (Oilers) bottom six, I'd like to see just a little something different that someone (like Perry) brings to the table. "
Seravalli stated.

While the Oilers explore the possibility of adding Perry, two other Eastern Conference playoff contenders have also been linked to the veteran forward.
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