The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with veteran forward Corey Perry, according to several reports, or different versions of the same report.
Nearer to home, TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, an Oilers insider, adds:
Or, considering recent history of Oilers news surfacing on a Sunday morning and swiftly being verified, it might happen in as little as five minutes.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the Oilers could only benefit if it came close to the NHL minimum—a long cry from the $4 million he took on in a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks last summer.
Why would Corey Perry be desired by the Oilers? With a winning streak of 13 games, the team is in good spirits. Every member of the roster contributes in some way, and there is a strong sense of teamwork among the players. On the other hand, Perry’s contract was terminated by the Blackhawks due to his alleged disruptive behavior during a team off-ice event. To his credit, he took full responsibility for the issue and stepped away from the game for many weeks to process “my struggles with alcohol.”
During those weeks, there has been a lot of conjecture about where he will go next, and Edmonton has come up a lot.
On the one hand, it makes perfect sense. With the exception of one assistant coach, none of the current members of the team have ever won a Stanley Cup. Back in his sophomore season with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006–07, Perry checked that box. Many years later, he was the winner of three conference titles in three separate seasons while playing for three different teams: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Montreal.
The 38-year-old right winger is the only active player with the most Stanley Cup playoff games played; his 124 postseason points, 71 assists, and 53 goals all rank in the top 10. With 1273 games played, 421 goals and 471 assists during the regular season, those figures provide an outstanding conclusion. For someone who was on the verge of being dealt to Edmonton 21 (!) years ago and had the deal collapse at the last minute, this is quite an impressive career.