Boston Bruins: Five free agents they should be exploring

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins during the game on November 15, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins during the game on November 15, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 14: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 14, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 6-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 14: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 14, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 6-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Corey Perry

The 14 year veteran, Corey Perry, has been one of the best players of the past two decades. The 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner (league MVP) has proven in the past that he can get in the dirty areas and be one of the best wingers in all of hockey. He has scored 20+ goals in 8 of his 14 seasons, including one season where he scored 50 goals.

The days of Perry scoring 30 times a season are gone. That’s not what you would be looking for out of Perry if you signed him to a contract. Don Sweeney and company would sign a low-risk veteran looking to prove something following a completely lost season with the Anaheim Ducks. A risk that can be low cost, which makes it no risk at all.

Last season, Perry totaled 10 points in 31 games before suffering meniscus and MCL injuries in his right knee as season ago. Adding another veteran presence is never a bad thing, and at the age of 34, Perry could find the fountain of youth.

Whether or not David Krejci is on the team for the 2019-20 season is another question for another day, but if he is, a right winger is still needed for his line. David Backes has proved that he is not the fit on that line. Charlie Coyle could be a fit but him centering the third is a better fit. Enter Corey Perry.

Taking a shot with Corey Perry could be a whole lot worse. You won’t be giving him a big contract like David Backes that is coming back to hurt the Boston Bruins. A low deal with Perry, who has plenty of playoff experience in his own right, could prove to be a move that helps get the Black and Gold back to the Stanley Cup Finals.