Corey Perry returns to the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers two months after being fired by the Blackhawks

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The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday that they have signed forward Corey Perry to a one-year contract with an average annual value of $775,000 plus performance bonuses. The signing comes two months after Perry, a veteran of nearly 20 NHL seasons and former league MVP, was waived by the Chicago Blackhawks for “unacceptable conduct.”

Perry, 38, issued an apology for his firing by the Blackhawks in December – which was prompted by what was only referred to as a “workplace affair” – saying he was seeking counseling to deal with alcohol abuse problems. Perry recently met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman but at no time was he banned from signing with another team.

“When everything happened and my contract was terminated, I didn’t know where things were going to go, so the first thing I did was take care of myself,” Perry said at an introductory press conference on Monday, according to the AP. “At the forefront of it was taking care of yourself, getting yourself in a better position and moving forward from there.”

Perry, who won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and earned the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2010–11, joins the Oilers as the team continues on a 13-game winning streak and tries to make a run at its first Stanley Cup. Has been. Cup since 1990. Between 2020 and 2022, Perry played in the Stanley Cup Finals three consecutive years on three different teams but lost each time.

For salary cap reasons, Perry’s contract can only be registered with the NHL if Adam Erne clears waivers or is claimed by another team.

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