The Tampa Bay Lightning have reportedly signed ahead Corey Perry to a two-year contract. Interesting. Corey Perry joined the Dallas Stars for the 2019-20 after being purchased out by the Anaheim Ducks whom he had spent his total profession with and gained a Stanley Cup. He confronted the Tampa Bay Lightning within the Stanley Cup Final and misplaced. He then signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He one once more confronted the Tampa Bay Lightning within the Stanley Cup Final… and misplaced.
So, in the event you can’t beat ‘em, be a part of ‘em, proper?
A pure proper wing, Corey Perry has appeared in 1,094 profession video games within the NHL with 386 objectives, 432 assists, and 818 factors. Up till 2018-19, he was a excessive finish offensive manufacturing, profitable the Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy in 2010-11. He topped 30 objectives in six seasons. He topped 50 factors in 9 seasons, fell brief one season with 49 factors, and put up 36 within the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13.
However, because the 2017-18 season, Perry’s offense has dropped off accumulating simply 20 objectives, 32 assists, and 52 factors over 137 video games for 0.38 factors per sport. Perry has additionally irritated opposing followers as a result of he has a historical past of blurring the road between clear and soiled play, notably across the entrance of the online with goalies. Look at this man, you’re blood is boiling a little bit, isn’t it?
HockeyFights.com additionally agrees, as he has 37 profession NHL fights, 2 AHL fights, 15 OHL fights, and one combat within the Memorial Cup. So loads of opponents over time have wished to punch his face. It is notable although that he has by no means fought a Lightning participant and by no means fought any participant presently on the Lightning roster.
He’s becoming a member of the Lightning now although. For two years. Which just like the Stars and Canadiens followers earlier than us, I’ll cheer for him. He’s a Bolt now. But what does he deliver to this group?
Yesterday the Lightning went out into the free agent market and picked up Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to shore up the underside six with a really sturdy defensive ahead that lacks a lot offensive upside. In Corey Perry, they’ve choose up one other ahead that’s sturdy defensively, with a little bit extra offense to his sport than Bellemare, however isn’t the highest six offensive contributor he was in his prime years. Combine that with Pat Maroon, who’s mediocre defensively, and lacks a lot offensive upside, and you’ve got a fourth line that has the potential to be a fantastic defensive position, however may wrestle to place the puck within the internet. That is that if Perry performs on the fourth line.
The Lightning can also look to make use of Perry extra on the third line, maybe teaming him up with Mathieu Joseph and Ross Colton to provide them a defensive injection to go with their offensive potential. Joseph has a very good shot, velocity to burn, and is aggressive on the forecheck. Colton is a little bit slower, stronger defensively, and simply performs a sound total sport. Add Perry into that, who can positively a lot it up within the corners and in entrance of the online, and you possibly can have your self a brand new vitality line that begins numerous video games and durations for Jon Cooper simply because the Yanni Gourde line did.
The larger image is that by bringing in Bellemare and Perry, the Lightning have signaled that they don’t have a lot religion of their prospects to fill in these roster spots. If we assume that Colton and Joseph are safe within the line-up, alongside with Maroon and the 2 new comers, you’re left with one spot, both third line wing or fourth line wing within the line-up and one spot to be the 13th ahead on the roster.
Those spots that have been open have been prone to be contested by Mitchell Stephens, Alex Barre-Boulet, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, and Simon Ryfors. Not to say depth signing Charles Hudon who has sufficient NHL expertise and a very good season as a 3rd liner and a powerful season in Switzerland behind him to push for a roster spot.
I had numerous hope that a minimum of Raddysh may push into the road up after having a powerful offensive season in Syracuse final 12 months. Now, that’s trying extra uncertain. Among the younger gamers which were within the Lightning group previous to this offseason, Stephens and Barre-Boulet are the one ones with some NHL expertise. Stephens misplaced most of final season to a knee harm and Barre-Boulet didn’t present a lot offense in his NHL video games, together with an prolonged stint enjoying on the highest line.
One factor entering into Stephens’ favor for being within the line-up, is that Perry doesn’t play on the penalty kill, regardless of his even energy defensive talents. The Lightning are presently Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli as their most succesful penalty killers alongside with Bellemare. After that, you’re Joseph and Colton who don’t have a ton of penalty killing expertise on the NHL stage. If Stephens isn’t within the line-up, the Lightning must flip to some extra of their high six to fill within the penalty kill time, trying to gamers like Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat to select up a minimum of a little bit little bit of time, whereas the opposite 5 get the majority of the ice time.
It’s doable that the Lightning might find yourself transferring one or two of these youthful gamers in small trades within the coming days or perhaps weeks. It’s not due to the cap, as they’ll all be making minimal salaries, however as a result of they’re now not waiver exempt. If Julien BriseBois believes they’d be claimed on waivers after coaching camp, and wouldn’t make the group, then it could be finest to seek out them a house some place else within the NHL and recoup of draft choose within the course of. But with Raddysh and Katchouk having not performed within the NHL in any respect, there’s nonetheless an excellent probability that they might go by way of waivers. Same with Stephens since he doesn’t have numerous NHL expertise, or upside as greater than a fourth line heart.