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Corey Perry Expresses Mutual Interest in Joining Stanley Cup Contender

Published January 11, 2024 at 9:44

Yesterday afternoon, news broke that Corey Perry had set up a meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss his eligibility for a return to the NHL this season. Following the meeting, it was revealed that Perry had never been labeled 'ineligible' and was now free to sign with any team.

As his contract got terminated, Perry transitioned into unrestricted free agency, giving him the freedom to choose his next team. Speculations about potential landing spots started swirling, and less than 24 hours later, there are indications that Corey Perry might be making his way back home to join the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Former NHL player and Maple Leaf, Carlo Colaiacovo, shared insights, saying,

"My understanding is that there is mutual interest between #LeafsForever & Corey Perry & we discussed that with @mike_p_johnson."

During the NHL's Bubble season, Perry had expressed interest in joining the Leafs, but then GM Kyle Dubas opted to sign Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds instead. Now, it presents an opportunity for the Maple Leafs to rectify their previous decision and bring Perry's years of leadership to their roster.

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, just hours away from Toronto, this potential deal could be a sort of homecoming for Perry. With 1273 career games, 421 goals, and 471 assists, the former Hart Trophy Winner might not be the same player as before, but he has adapted his game effectively, making him a valuable addition, especially in a bottom-line role.

Source: Bladeofsteel
January 11   |   212 answers
Corey Perry Expresses Mutual Interest in Joining Stanley Cup Contender

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