Here's why Corey Perry chose Tampa Bay over Montreal...

Published July 30, 2021 at 11:59

Montreal Canadiens fans had some grieving to do yesterday, as one of their favorites, Corey Perry, decided to leave the organization to go under the hot Florida sun. The 36-year-old veteran signed a two-season deal worth $1 million per season with the Tampa Bay Lightning...

Perry delivered a media availability this morning to explain his decision to sign with Tampa Bay. Perry was very clear, he wants to win:

"At the end of the day, at this point in my career, I want to win."

Recall that Corey Perry just lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the same Tampa Bay Lightning for two consecutive years with the Stars and the Canadiens.

Perry also mentioned the fact that the Lightning offered him a two-year contract was a big factor in his decision. The CH was interested, but obviously, Marc Bergevin did not offer him the famous "two years".

Marc Bergevin mentioned several times that he absolutely wanted to retain Perry's services with the CH. However, considering that Perry wanted two years, why didn't Bergevin give it to him? We already know what Perry can bring to the team both on the ice and in the dressing room. It probably wasn't enough to offer him the extra year...
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