The Anaheim Ducks are severing ties with longtime forward Corey Perry, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
The Ducks are finalizing paperwork to buy Perry out.
#NHLDucks are in the process of finalizing paperwork to buy out Corey Perry this morning. Perry is not expected to be placed on waivers, by virtue of his no-move clause. Big name for the #FreeAgentFrenzy list. #TSN
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 19, 2019
Perry had two years remaining on an eight-year, $69 million (nice) contract that he originally signed in March of 2013. His cap hit for those remaining seasons would have been $8.625 million. Instead, according to Cap Friendly, the buyout will give the Ducks a cap savings of $6 million next season and $2 million for 2020-21. They will also have to pay a cap hit penalty of $2 million for 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Reportedly, Perry will not be put on waivers because of his no-movement clause so he’ll be an unrestricted free agent come July.
The 34-year-old Perry missed the first five months of the season due to a knee injury, scoring just 10 points in 31 games played.
Perry was a member of the Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup-winning team and scored 50 goals during the 2010-11 season.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 12, 2015
12:30 update: The move is official.
➡ 2007 Stanley Cup
➡ 2011 Hart Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy
➡ Four-time NHL All-Star Game selection
➡ Winner of six separate team championships (including two Olympic gold medals)
➡ Most games played in franchise history
A Duck for life
Thank you, Corey Perry! pic.twitter.com/P3jlVxkTNK
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) June 19, 2019
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my 44 years in the NHL,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “Corey gave everything to this franchise for 14 years, never giving an inch to his competitors. While his scoring touch became undeniable, his will to win became his greatest attribute.
“We thank Corey for everything he’s meant to the Ducks organization. No matter what he elects to do from here, Corey, his wife, Blakeny, and his son, Griffin, will always be part of the Ducks family.”
Via NHL.com, Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli added this comment.
On behalf of the entire Ducks organization, we want to thank Corey Perry for his tremendous contributions to the franchise. For many years, Corey has epitomized what it means to be a Duck, playing an aggressive, relentless game while being a compassionate and giving member of the Orange County community.
While today is a difficult day, we celebrate and recognize Corey’s outstanding Ducks career. He played the most games by any player in club history and is the only Hart Trophy winner in the history of the franchise. He represented the Ducks at four NHL All-Star Games, and of course, played a pivotal role on the 2007 Stanley Cup champion team.
We consider Corey’s career to date to be Hockey Hall of Fame worthy, based on his accomplishments with the Ducks and his six separate team championships. But we are most proud that winning a team championship at every level never changed who he is — a selfless and dedicated individual committed to enriching the lives of youth and those in need.
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