Corey Perry to sign with Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers made an interesting move on Sunday, reportedly signing veteran forward Corey Perry to a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2023-2024 season.

The 38-year-old Perry was released by the Chicago Blackhawks in November due to unspecified off-ice conduct violations.

Perry brings a wealth of experience to the Oilers lineup, having played over 1,200 career NHL games. He is a former NHL MVP and Stanley Cup champion, giving the Oilers another proven playoff performer.

However, Perry does carry an unfortunate history of losing in the Stanley Cup Finals. He reached the championship series three times in his career with the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens Tampa Bay Lightning but came up short each time.

The Oilers are currently riding a franchise-record 13-game winning streak and sit third in the Pacific Division with a 26-15-1 record. Perry will provide secondary scoring and physicality to an already potent offensive attack led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

According to reports, Perry’s contract will be prorated to the league minimum with performance incentives. He is expected to slot into a bottom-six role with the potential to move up the lineup as needed.

Perry issued a statement in November taking full responsibility for the incident that led to his release from the Blackhawks. He said he began seeking professional help and hoped to regain the trust and respect he lost.

The Oilers are giving Perry a second chance to resume his career. For Perry, it could be the last opportunity for the 37-year-old to make an impact in the NHL. Both sides are motivated to make it work.

If Perry can rediscover his scoring touch and abrasive style of play, he could provide a unique dimension to the Oilers. His addition comes with little risk but plenty of potential reward.