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Corey Perry back with the Canadiens? Huge news for the forward

Published January 10, 2024 at 11:45 PM

Similar to the situation with Logan Mailloux, Corey Perry was supposed to meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in person to be eligible to play in the NHL.

Unlike Mailloux, for whom the situation is not very clear and may require a meeting with Bettman before officially playing in the NHL, it's the opposite for Perry.

Indeed, Perry has met with Bettman. The two men had a good discussion, and the forward has Bettman's blessing to sign with an NHL team.

"Can confirm that Corey Perry is eligible to sign with any NHL team as a free agent after having his contract terminated by the Blackhawks on Nov. 30.

He would need to sign by the March 8 trade deadline in order to be eligible for this year's playoffs." - Chris Johnston, TSN

We know that the Canadiens are sorely lacking depth in their attack, and a quality veteran like Perry could greatly help. It seems like he doesn't age; he is still very effective, especially with the younger players.

Moreover, Perry has maintained a good relationship with some players from the 2020-21 team, including Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki. Kent Hughes could sign him, and at worst, trade him on March 8 if the Canadiens have no chance of making the playoffs.

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