The Chicago Blackhawks announced they placed veteran forward Corey Perry on waivers with the intention to terminate his contract.
Perry has been away from the team since last Wednesday.
The Hawks released a statement that an internal investigation found Perry engaged in conduct that violated his contract and the team’s internal policies.
Perry took part in last Tuesday’s morning skate but was a healthy scratch for the game against Columbus the next day.
Perry was tied for third on the team in points and goals at the time he was scratched. That is why his absence was so alarming. Head coach Luke Richardson said it was an organizational decision to have him sit and did not provide any other information.
Perry also was scratched when the Chicago Blackhawks took on the Toronto Maple Leafs last Friday.
General manager Kyle Davidson stated the next day that the veteran would be away from the team for the foreseeable future. He provided no additional details as to why. Perry’s agent put out a statement later in the day that Perry was stepping away from the team to attend to a personal matter.
Now it appears that Perry did something to the point where the Hawks felt they had to cut ties with him.
Perry is a former Hart Trophy winner. His signing with the Hawks in the offseason was strange since he was considered a villain by the fanbase when he was with the Anaheim Ducks.
He was signed to a one-year, $4 million deal to provide veteran leadership to a young Chicago Blackhawks team.
The move is also a sign that the organization has learned from its past mistakes after the Kyle Beach scandal.
NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis made sure to shut down a malicious rumor going around regarding what Perry did to cause his termination.