As you’re probably aware by now, Perry signed a one-year “prove it” deal with the Stars after getting bought out by the Anaheim Ducks. He’s been held back due to injuries the past couple seasons, but the veteran forward has faith he can bounce back:
“Physically, I feel great,” Perry said after signing with the Stars. “I’m 100 percent and the knee feels 100 percent. I’ve already started skating, so it’s definitely going to be hopefully a great year for me and a bounce back year. I’m ready to prove people wrong.”
It’ll be interesting to see where Perry fits into the Stars’ lineup. Most believe he’ll be a decent bottom-six option, but it’s possible he could see top-six minutes. After all, he does have experience playing with captain Jamie Benn before on Team Canada:
“Jamie and I played in Sochi on a line with [Ryan Getzlaf] and we had great chemistry,” Perry said. “When I left there, I thought the world of him. He’s a heck of a hockey player, and to be on the same team again, hopefully we can rekindle that kind of experience.”
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Around the League
Guess who’s back? Back again:
Is it just me, or have the Chicago Blackhawks been making a lot of trades lately?
TRADE ALERT: The #Blackhawks have acquired forward Zack Smith from the Senators in exchange for forward Artem Anisimov.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 16, 2019
Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3,250,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/O6bKjgCwH5
If you want to know why the Ottawa Senators made this trade, I have one word for you: money.
#Sens have increased their cap hit, while reducing their salary expenses:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 16, 2019
Anisimov (2 yrs remaining)
Cap hit: $4.55M
Salary owed: $5M in salary & signing bonus
Smith (2 yrs remaining)
Cap hit: $3.25M
Salary owed: $6.5M#Sens Result:
+$1.3M cap hit/yr
-$1.5M salary expenses
Ex-Star Connor Carrick has agreed to a new deal with the New Jersey Devils:
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Wild re-signed Ryan Donato...
...and the Washington Capitals have re-signed Jakub Vrana:
We know you've been waiting on this one, Twitter Fam!— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 16, 2019
Washington Capitals have signed left wing @JVranaa to a two-year, $6.7 million contract ($3.35 million AAV)!
RT/LIKE/ALL THE THINGS FOR V! #ALLCAPS
More info: https://t.co/NURHKNAZin pic.twitter.com/QkDlSbsqYe
Two Stars’ legends get name-dropped in Down Goes Brown’s most recent post about... well, names:
Finally, the Stanley Cup has been through a lot, but should the Cup winners be treating the trophy better?