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Corey Perry Explains His Decision to Join the Oilers

Published January 26, 2024 at 1:22 PM

Corey Perry's Surprising Move to the Edmonton Oilers

Following a unique season, Corey Perry, the acclaimed Hart Trophy recipient, has made a significant career move by signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

This decision comes after a tumultuous period marked by his abrupt and enigmatic departure from the Chicago Blackhawks, which led to his mid-season free agency.

Perry's Accomplished Career

Despite receiving interest from several teams, including the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Minnesota Wild, Perry's choice landed on the Oilers. In response to this acquisition, the Oilers released a statement, stating:

EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Oilers and free-agent forward Corey Perry have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $775,000 plus performance bonuses.

The 38-year-old right-winger has played 1,273 career NHL regular season games, scoring 421 goals and 471 assists for 892 points. Perry has also played 196 career playoff games, recording 53 goals and 71 assists for 124 points.

During the 2010-11 season with the Anaheim Ducks, the Peterborough, Ont. native scored 50 goals and 98 points to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer, plus the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP.

Perry won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Ducks and also played in three consecutive Stanley Cup Final series with the Dallas Stars (2020), Montreal Canadiens (2021) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2022).

He also captured Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi).

Perry will be the first player in Oilers history to wear jersey number 90.


The Reason Behind Perry's Choice of the Edmonton Oilers

In a revealing moment, Perry shared the personal reason behind his decision to join the Edmonton Oilers. In an interview with Oilers media, he cited his family as a significant influence:

«When you have a 6 year old kid you tend to follow Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers» - Corey Perry | 📸: @edmontonoilers

#hockey #nhl #oilers #oilersnation #edmontonoilers

This heartfelt decision underscores the impact of family considerations in professional choices, and Perry's young fan at home is surely thrilled about the new chapter with the Oilers!

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