The Canadiens gave up on Perry ahead of the start of the regular season to place him on the taxi team, and with the winger wanting to stay in Montreal, his agent Pat Morris called up interested potential teams in an attempt to push them back. According to Morris, the appeals were enough to prevent two teams from claiming the 36-year-old.
“So I called three teams that seemed to need him, asking them not to pick him up on waivers,” Morris told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic. “It wasn’t a threat to retire or anything, but basically can you join who Corey Perry is. If your thinking is to pick it up on waivers, please don’t. ‘
“Two of the teams said, ‘We were going to file a protest until this appeal. We will respect his career.
Perry, who has nine goals and 21 points in 49 regular season games, has three goals and eight points in 15 playoff games. He played a key role in helping the Canadiens reach the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
A Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, Perry joined the Canadiens on a one-year, $ 750,000 contract in December. He spent the 2019-20 season on a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars, scoring five goals and nine points in 27 games as the team reached the Stanley Cup final.
A 16-season NHL veteran, Perry has missed the playoffs just three times in his 1,094-game career.
The Canadiens are currently tied 2-2 with the Vegas Golden Knights in their third round series, with Game 5 taking place on Tuesday.