The Minnesota Wild are pleased to announce the waiver claim of veteran forward Corey Perry. Perry had 9 points in 20 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season before finding himself on waivers likely due to cap reasons. In his NEFHL career Perry has accumulated 793 points in 940 games, finding the back of the net 341 times. A five time NEFHL all-star and both the Rocket Richard and Art Ross winner in 2011/2012, he will play his 1000th career game with the Wild likely next season under a loyalty tag.
"We feel pretty fortunate to be honest. I didn't expect to see Perry on waivers. I believe I was the third pick on the waiver wire so I didn't think he'd even get to me but I guess his salary was an issue for teams. Corey doesn't have to worry about his contract or any of that stuff anymore. We just want him to play hockey and be the kind of chippy guy on the ice he usually is and be a support member for the youth. We fully intend to sign him as our loyalty and when the time is right we will win together or we will find him a team to finally get that cup."
Perry is getting older and has been trending downward with re-rates. The injury bug has affected him and he still hasn't played an NHL game in 2018/2019. This can be a good thing and a bad thing for his loyalty as his re-sign value will be lower but the durability will be low as well. Regardless he will be playing on a rebuilding team and have a no movement clause where that doesn't really affect the Wild.
Corey Perry will make his debut with Minnesota tonight at home against the Ottawa Senators.