Report: Corey Perry Could Get Another Chance In The NHL With Edmonton Oilers

Published December 2, 2023 at 11:54 PM

As we all know, Corey Perry is no longer with any NHL club after the Chicago Blackhawks terminated his one-year contract with the team. However, it has been reported that some teams are still interested in seeing if Perry could be of use even after this recent fiasco. Among teams that have reportedly expressed interest in the 38-year-old are the Edmonton Oilers.

Ken Holland Pursuing Perry After Contract Termination

The Oilers have largely been a dumpster fire this season. Prior to opening night, most fans and analysts alike had the team pegged for a top three spot in the pacific division at the very least. Many believed they were even Stanley Cup favorites. However, things have not gone to plan as the team currently sits in 6th place in the pacific division with a 9-12-1 record. However, they team has been playing much better as of late as they are 7-3 over their last ten games.

The recent hot stretch could give general manager Ken Holland enough reason to believe this team can still make the playoffs this year. Afterall, the current roster is hardly any different from the one that won 50 games last season. One cheap way to improve the team without giving up assets? Sign Corey Perry. Oilers reporter Jim Matheson would 'not be surprised' to see Ken Holland make the move.

If Holland went out on a limb and hit a home run by signing forward Evander Kane, who had lots of off-ice baggage, he likely wouldn't be averse to talking to Pat Morris, Perry's agent and direct line to his 196 playoff games and 124 playoff points.

Perry Is Still A Very Effective Hockey Player

There is no doubt that Perry can still play. At the time when his leave of absence began, he was third on the Blackhawks in scoring. Even now he is still 5th on the team in points even though he's played 6 less games than everyone else. His advanced stats paint an even better picture for the pesky veteran.

Corey Perry in 16 Games Played for the Blackhawks:

— 4 Goals
— 9 Points
— 26 Shots
— 11 Hits
— 8 Blocks
— 58.39 xGF% (1st on Chicago)
— 58.64 SCF% (1st on Chicago)

He wasn't waived because of his performance.

The Oilers have historically struggled to find consistent depth scoring. Perry could be an effective short-term solution to that problem. Whether or not Ken Holland is ready to pull the trigger on Perry, or if Perry himself would even want to join a new NHL club this season, remains to be seen.

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