Corey Perry signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
The 36-year-old forward was an unrestricted free agent. He scored 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 49 regular-season games for the Montreal Canadiens last season, and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“There’s still a lot of good hockey left in me and I would love to come back here and experience Montreal for being Montreal,” Perry said July 9. “It was a weird year, the family not being here and all that, but yeah.”
Perry lost to the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final in each of the past two seasons, with the Canadiens last season (five games) and the Dallas Stars in 2020 (six games).
Selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (No. 28) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Perry has scored 818 points (386 goals, 432 assists) in 1,094 regular-season games for the Canadiens, Stars and Ducks, and 108 points (45 goals, 63 assists) in 167 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.
Perry won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL leader in goals (50) in 2010-11 and the Hart Trophy voted as NHL most valuable player that same season, when he was third in scoring with 98 points in 82 games for the Ducks.
The Lightning on Wednesday signed forward Brayden Point to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension ($9.5 million average annual value) that begins next season, goalie Brian Elliott (one year, $900,000) and defenseman Zach Bogosian (three years, $2.55 million).