Blackhawks Take Action: The Chicago Blackhawks have placed veteran winger Corey Perry on unconditional waivers, seeking to terminate his contract following an internal investigation.
Leave of Absence: Perry had initially taken a leave of absence from the team, with conflicting reports on whether it was the team's decision or Perry's choice.
Waivers and Contract Termination: Perry is on unconditional waivers, and if he clears them, the Blackhawks intend to terminate his contract immediately.
Mystery Surrounding Perry's Status: Before the announcement, Perry's status with the Blackhawks was uncertain.
Recent Performance: Perry's final game saw him finish with zero points in 14:43 of ice time in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Offseason Signing: The Blackhawks signed Perry to a one-year contract worth $4 million in the offseason after his two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Veteran Career: Perry, a 19-year veteran, has played for various teams, scoring 421 goals and 471 assists in 1,273 games.
Championship Achievements: Perry won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP for the 2010-11 season.