Corey Perry finally reveals the real reason he left the Montreal Canadiens

Published June 23, 2022 at 5:25 PM

By scoring his sixth goal of the playoffs on Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry became the first player to score at least one goal in a Grand Final with four different teams.

He also accomplished the feat with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, the Dallas Stars two years ago and of course the Canadiens last year. Now 37 years old, the veteran has only one goal in mind and that is to win another Stanley Cup.

As we know, Perry agreed last summer on the terms of a two-year contract with the Lighnting, despite the fact that many Canadiens fans would have liked to see him back with the team this year.

However, as Charles-Alexis Brisebois of reports, Perry would have liked to have stayed with the Habs, but money was not the reason he left Montreal.

In his latest article on, journalist François Gagnon reveals the main reason why he decided to accept the Lightning's offer.

"I loved my experience with the Canadiens. I loved the city, the passion of the fans and all the excitement associated with our playoff success.

But when the Lightning offered me a two-year contract when the Habs were limited to a one-year deal, I couldn't turn down such an offer."

Gagnon also said that the lure of the sun and especially the fact that the Lightning offered him a much more serious chance to achieve his goal of winning a second Stanley Cup than the Habs that pushed him to head to North Florida.

And let's just say Perry didn't make a mistake with his decision. The Lightning are in the finals for the third straight season while the Habs had a miserable year finishing last overall.

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Corey Perry finally reveals the real reason he left the Montreal Canadiens

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