The Montreal Canadiens have announced the recall of Corey Perry from the taxi squad, making the winger available for Saturday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Les Canadiens ont annoncé avoir rappelé l’attaquant Corey Perry de l’escouade de réserve. Perry sera disponible pour le match de ce soir à VAN.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 23, 2021
The Canadiens announced they recalled Corey Perry from the team’s Taxi Squad. Perry will be available for tonight’s game in VAN. pic.twitter.com/NWjYC5DUXa
Perry’s recall was necessary because of the concussion that Joel Armia suffered on Thursday night. Perry will likely slot into Armia’s position on the third line with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tyler Toffoli.
This will be Perry’s NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens. The veteran winger signed a 1-year $750,000 contract during the offseason after tallying 21 points in 56 games with the Dallas Stars the previous season.
The absence of additional recalls likely means that Paul Byron will be in the lineup or — at the very least — that the team is comfortable placing Victor Mete in the lineup. This move allows the team to evaluate the cap situation and their injury situation during the upcoming four-day break prior to their home opener on Thursday.
Perry can stay on the NHL roster for 30 days or play 10 games without requiring waivers to return to the taxi squad.