On Monday morning, the Montreal Canadiens announced the signing of Corey Perry to a one-year contract. The deal comes in close to league minimum, with his salary valued at $750,000. Perry, 35-years-old, played 57 games with the Dallas Stars last season.
He did so, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before falling 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Perry finished last season with 21 points, having tallied five goals along with 16 assists. He also led the team with 70 penalty minutes. For his career, he’s scored 377 goals and 420 assists in 1045 NHL games. He’s done so between the Anaheim Ducks and the Dallas Stars.
During the NHL playoffs, Perry has played 27 games, adding five more goals along with four assists. Standing tall at six-foot-three, Perry captured the Stanley Cup as a member of the Ducks back in 2007. He also won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy back in 2011, finishing the year with the most goals.
As well, Perry adds two gold medals, having played for Team Canada in 2010 and 2014. Perry was selected 28th overall by the Anaheim Ducks back in 2003. This move comes a day after signing Michael Frolik, adding depth and experience to a re-built Canadiens roster.
Much like Michael Frolik, Perry will likely join Montreal’s taxi squad, being one of six players to be made available should they require it. With the roster mostly riddled with injuries last season, GM Marc Bergevin, who has opted to act early, has continued looking elsewhere, making sure all bases are covered. As per Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Perry will be wearing No. 94 this season.