UPDATE: The Chicago Blackhawks have issued a statement on Corey Perry today, along with placing him on waivers for the purpose of contract termination.
The team maintains that Perry "engaged in conduct that is unacceptable and in violation of... policies intended to promote professional and safe work environments.
From the team:
It's clear that Perry messed up LARGE. No details yet on what exactly transpired, though.
Read below for our earlier report on this developing story.
This just in, veteran NHL forward Corey Perry is on waivers today with the Chicago Blackhawks terminating his contract.
From Sportsnet NHL insider Elliotte Friedman:
More to come on this developing story.
Last week Perry left the Blackhawks due to what the team is calling an 'organizational decision'.
From Blackhawks insider Mark Lazerus:
Corey Perry, who was scratched last night as a mysterious "organizational" decision, is not on the ice for Blackhawks practice.
- Mark Lazerus
Head coach Luke Richardson added little context to the situation, saying only that Perry is no longer with the team and that he couldn't answer any questions on the matter.
"I just wanted to start by saying I know you have questions about Corey Perry not playing last night and attending practice today but we’re going to keep that internal in the organization right now. I’m not going to be able to answer any more questions on that."
- Luke Richardson
And to add even more intrigue to this topic, it appears that the Blackhawks' players themselves don't even know what's up concerning Perry.
From veteran teammate Nick Foligno:
“We just know he’s not with us. Haven’t gotten any details. It’s unfortunate; he’s a big part of this. We’ll miss him.”
- Nick Foligno
So... what's going on here?
It's clear that there's something happened between Perry and the Blackhawks, but we're not getting any clear info from the usual sources. So... to social media we go!
On Reddit and on Twitter (Or X, thanks Elon...) there is a hot rumor making the rounds that Perry actually hooked up with Melanie Bedard, mother of Blackhawks superstar rookie Connor Bedard.
Some hot takes from Twitter:
Blackhawks insider Charlie Roumelioutis though, is squashing the rumor saying that it's 100% false.
Check it out:
Honestly, I never bought into the rumor.
These are professional athletes... they get plenty of action on the road if they want it. They don't have to go scrounging through the family room to find interested women. To be fair to Perry though, he's married with children. I may not be the biggest Perry fan due to his on-ice antics, but I haven't heard or read anything that suggests he's not an upstanding family man.
Move along, people.