After making a run with the Montreal Canadiens, and trying his hand with the Dallas Stars before that, former Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry is moving on to another team. This time, Perry has inked a two-year deal and he’s done so with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
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The Canadiens were actively trying to re-sign Perry and talk was that Perry was open to a return. But, the one thing that seems clear, the veteran forward has gotten used to moving around late in his NHL career. He’s played with a number of teams on one-year deals. Perhaps he’s decided this isn’t a bad way to finish out his career.
Perry was a nice add for the Canadiens this past season. He didn’t play every game, but when he did he was effective. He scored 9 goals and 21 points in 49 games. He’ll be a smart add for the Lightning who lost a number of key forwards this offseason due to the NHL Expansion Draft, free agency and salary cap concerns.
Perry will be a natural fit in Tampa as the team is still considered a heavy playoff favorite despite the losses of key players. The Lightning still have a great core and a ton of high-end talent and Perry will find a home in the bottom six. The terms of his deal have not yet been disclosed, but it’s not likely to be an expensive deal and the two years will probably keep the AAV low.
Interestingly, GM Julien BriseBois said yesterday he was done making moves for the team unless something “fell in our laps.” Clearly, Perry fell into their laps on Thursday. The player got a close look at his new team this past season when the Canadiens were defeated by the Lightning in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
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