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SportsPerry opens up about buyout from Ducks: 'It stings'

21:17  20 june  2019
21:17  20 june  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Ducks buy out Perry after 14 seasons

Ducks buy out Perry after 14 seasons Ducks buy out Perry after 14 seasons

Perry opens up about buyout from Ducks: 'It stings'© Jeff Vinnick / National Hockey League / Getty

Corey Perry's 14-year career as an Anaheim Duck ended Wednesday after the team bought out the remaining two years of his contract.

The 34-year-old is the Ducks' all-time leader in games played with 988 - 12 games away from becoming the first player to play 1,000 contests with the franchise.

"It stings," Perry told TSN's Frank Seravalli. "How many guys have played 1,000 games with one team? Not many. I sit here and say, well, with some of the injuries, I would've already been there. I was so close."

Perry said the decision wasn't a complete surprise, but he admitted he was still caught off guard when the team broke the news.

Report: Predators, Blackhawks have shown interest in Perry

Report: Predators, Blackhawks have shown interest in Perry There has been mutual interest shown between the Nashville Predators and free-agent forward Corey Perry, according to sources of The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Chicago Blackhawks have also shown interest in the 34-year-old, another source told LeBrun. Perry is not the top-tier scorer that he used to be, but he's still capable of producing when healthy. The veteran winger tallied 19 and 17 goals during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively, as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators scored the third-fewest goals among all playoff teams this past season and could benefit from the offensive upside that Perry supplies on the wing.

"When I was told, I didn't expect that to come out of their mouths," Perry said. "I respect their decision. It's tough when you've been there for so long, it's all you know. But I don't have a bad word to say about the Ducks and how they've treated me over the years. Everyone in the organization was good to me."

Drafted 28th overall by the Ducks in 2003, Perry helped the franchise capture its first and only Stanley Cup in 2007 - and his current situation is motivating him to capture another championship.

"This has definitely lit a fire in me," Perry said. "I want to win again. I've felt that feeling at every level and I want to feel it again. I watch teams win the Stanley Cup every year and I see how much emotion comes up when they win."

Perry underwent knee surgery before the start of last season and did not rejoin the Ducks' lineup until February, ending the year with a career-low six goals and 10 points in 31 games. However, he recorded 17 goals and 49 points during a relatively healthy 2017-18 campaign.

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Report: Perry to sign 1-year deal with Stars.
Veteran forward Corey Perry is expected to sign a one-year, $1.5-million deal with the Dallas Stars, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli. The deal is also expected to include performance bonuses for games played and playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers were also rumored to be interested in the winger's services. Perry underwent knee surgery last September and did not return to the lineup until February. The 34-year-old struggled when he was healthy, tallying six goals and 10 points in 31 games with the Anaheim Ducks. The former Hart Trophy winner could still provide some offensive upside for the Stars, as Perry is just two years removed from a 17-goal, 49-point campaign.

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