Why the Vegas Golden Knights must NOT sign Corey Perry

Corey Perry is set to become a free agent this offseason. Here's why the Vegas Golden Knights should avoid him at all costs.
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He might retire after this season

Speaking of Pavelski, he retired after the Dallas Stars were eliminated by the Oilers. Although the legendary center had a productive season for Dallas, he was notably absent in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring a goal and three assists in 19 games this year. While Pavelski was a good idea to sign beforehand, times have changed dramatically. That's no different for Corey Perry, who only has a postseason assist in 14 games.

His other attributes are past him, including his physicality. In 2023-24, he only had 17 blocked shots and 43 hits. He also aged on the forecheck, with only 15 takeaways to show for this season. With a drop in production in other areas, it's expected he'll retire this offseason or the next year.

Why should the Vegas Golden Knights go after a player who's probably hanging up his skates soon? Having him play on the lower lines wouldn't make much sense, given Vegas's identity. He can't check anybody and he's a slower player. Perry's Stanley Cup Final scratch proves this, showing his time in the NHL is ending soon.