Corey Perry has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars and may very well play his 1,000th NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Over a week ago, the Anaheim Ducks sent a tidal wave of emotions our way when they bought out the contract of veteran winger, Corey Perry. It was a move that was expected after several rumors surfaced days before, but the thought of CP10 playing for another team that wasn’t the Ducks seemed bizarre. Nevertheless, it was announced, just one day prior to free agency opening up, that the Dallas Stars had signed Perry to a one-year contract worth $1.5M plus performance bonuses.
As he makes the transition to a new team, Perry will be joining another group of very talented players. Along with former teammate, Andrew Cogliano, he will be joining the dynamic trio of Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, and Jamie Benn. Former San Jose Sharks captain, Joe Pavelski, will also be joining the team, and many fans have been drooling over the prospect of Perry and Pavelski playing alongside one another. It has been speculated that the two of them could be the Stars missing pieces to winning the Stanely Cup.
Having Perry play for a team in the Western Conference is not ideal. His presence on the team makes the Dallas Stars that much more of a formidable opponent when it comes to the Stanely Cup Playoff race. However, the Stars seem like a good fit for him. Still, it’s going to be a weird feeling when the Anaheim Ducks face Dallas for the first time and CP10 is now the opponent. Especially considering he has a very important milestone coming up.
A Bizarre Turn of Events: Corey Perry to Play 1,000th Game vs Ducks
When the Anaheim Ducks announced their 2019-20 season schedule, no one knew that Corey Perry would be signing a contract with the Dallas Stars yet. Nevertheless, once the news broke that he had found a new team, Ducks fans began to look at the schedule to see when CP10 would face off against his former team in Dallas Stars green.
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With 988 games under his belt, everyone knew that Perry would finally hit the 1,000 game mark this season during his 15th year in the NHL. However, no one could have ever predicted that he would play his 1,000th game against the team that drafted him and was his home for 14 years, but, in a bizarre turn of events, the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks for their 12th game of the season on October 24, 2019.
Although we are well aware that no one could have planned this, it seems like a slap in the face to Anaheim Ducks fans. For 14 years, we’ve watched Corey Perry develop into one of the greatest players to ever grace the ice at Honda Center. Now, we have to watch him celebrate a very momentous milestone with another team. With the Anaheim Ducks current record at American Airlines Center in Dallas, it would also be no surprise if we see Perry celebrate a win against the Anaheim Ducks in October.
While it will be a celebratory occasion for both teams, it will be a very bitter-sweet moment for Ducks fans. We wish Corey Perry nothing but the best of luck during his newest venture with the Dallas Stars and we can’t wait to see him on the ice on October 24th, even if it means he’s playing for a different team.
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