Corey Perry signs two-year deal with the Lightning – .

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Corey Perry signs two-year deal with the Lightning – .


Habs general manager Marc Bergevin said he hoped to sign the 36-year-old right-winger again.

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Corey Perry won’t be back with the Canadiens next season.

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The free agent forward on Thursday signed a two-year, $ 2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last season, the 36-year-old right-winger recorded 9-12-21 totals in 49 regular season games and added 4-6-10 totals in 22 playoff games as the Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup final before losing to the Éclair. Perry won US $ 750,000 with the Canadiens after signing a one-year contract as a free agent.

This was the second straight season Perry had reached the Stanley Cup Final after making it with the Dallas Stars in 2020. Perry won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin had said he hoped to re-sign Perry, who became a key player and team leader last season, and Perry had said he would like to return to Montreal.

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“Yeah, I’m planning on playing hockey next year,” Perry said in his exit interview after the Canadiens lost to the Lightning. “I think I still have a lot of good hockey left and I would love to come back here and discover Montreal to be Montreal. It was a weird year, the family not being there and all that.

“One of my first interviews when I signed here in Montreal (I said) this was a team that I grew up cheering for,” added Perry. “He blew everything out of the water. It’s been a lot of fun, it’s not been the easiest season with the family that weren’t there and all that, but I hope I can find out what Montreal is like and have all these fans back at the Center. Bell next year.

The next time Perry plays at the Bell Center, he’ll be wearing a Lightning jersey.

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This log will be updated later today.

The former Habs signs new agreements

Perry isn’t the only former Canadian to have found a new home or signed a new contract since the NHL’s free agent season began Wednesday at noon.

Here’s a look at other former Canadians who signed new deals:

Philippe Danault: The 28-year-old center signed a six-year, $ 33 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings, with an annual salary cap of $ 5.5 million. Last season, he had 5-19-24 totals in 53 regular season games with the Canadiens and 1-3-4 totals in 22 playoff games.

Charlie Lindgren : The 27-year-old goaltender signed a one-year, $ 750,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues. He spent all of last season on the Canadiens taxi team and didn’t play a game for them. He played three games with the Laval Rocket in the AHL, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and 0.887 save percentage.

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Nate Thompson: The 36-year-old center, who played for the Canadiens in 2018-19 and 2019-20, signed a one-year, $ 800,000 contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was 2-3-5 in 44 regular season games and 0-2-2 in eight playoff games last season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Canadians traded Thompson to the Flyers on February 24, 2020 in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft that was used to select Russian defenseman Daniil Sobolev. Thompson signed with the Jets as a free agent before the start of last season.

Jaroslav Halak: The 36-year-old goaltender, who spent four seasons with the Canadiens starting in 2006-07, signed a one-year, $ 1.5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Halak has spent the past three seasons with the Boston Bruins and was 9-6-4 with a 2.53 GAA and .905 save percentage last season.

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Jarred Tinordi : The 29-year-old defenseman who was the Canadiens’ first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, signed a two-year, $ 1.8 million contract with the New York Rangers. Last season, he was 0-1-1 in 21 games split between the Nashville Predators and the Bruins.

Charles Hudon: The 27-year-old left-winger, who spent five seasons with the Canadiens starting in 2015-16, signed a two-part, one-year contract with the Lightning that will net him $ 750,000 in the NHL and $ 250,000 in the AHL. Last season he had a total of 15-17-32 in 33 games for Lausanne HC in the Swiss-A league.

Mike McCarron : The 26-year-old right-winger, who was the Canadiens’ first-round pick (25th overall) in 2013, signed a two-way two-way contract with the Predators that will net him $ 750,000 in the NHL and $ 350,000 in the AHL. Last season, he had zero points in six games with the Predators and a 10-3-13 total in 27 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

Brian Flynn : The 33-year-old center, who played three seasons with the Canadiens from 2014-15, signed a two-part one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils that will net him $ 750,000 in the NHL and 280,000 $ in the AHL. Last season he had a total of 9-25-34 in 50 games for Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss-A League.

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