Corey Perry Signs Deal With Western Conference Contender

Corey Perry is returning to the NHL. Two months after having had his contract terminated by the Chicago Blackhawks for an off-ice incident, the veteran forward will be joining the Edmonton Oilers. 

It's apparently a one-year deal worth close to the minimum salary. 

As reported by Frank Seravalli, Perry has continued to skate and train since he's been out, so it shouldn't be long for him to get back up to game shape.  

Already on a red-hot run of 21-3 in their last 24 games, the Oilers are keeping the pedal to the metal, and now add a big boost and some serious grit to their bottom-six.

Perry was suddenly and shockingly dropped from the Blackhawks back in late November, and had his contract terminated for some kind of sordid off-ice incident that hasn't been officially revealed. A number of teams did their due diligence on the longtime veteran before the Oilers decided to pull the trigger.

Perry is an 18-year veteran with 1,273 games under his belt, recording 421 goals and 471 assists for 892 points. He's a former league MVP (2011), Stanley Cup winner (2007) and a recent three-time finalist.

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