Edmonton Oilers right wing Corey Perry (90) moves the puck as Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) and defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo / Jason Redmond)

Chicago cut ties with Perry in late November, saying he violated his standard player contract and team policies “intended to promote professional and safe work environments.” 

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Corey Perry (94) plays during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Nov. 18, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo / George Walker IV, File)

The Edmonton Oilers signed Corey Perry for the remainder of the season, adding the veteran winger early two months since the Chicago Blackhawks terminated his contract for unacceptable conduct.

Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard falls to the ice after being checked by New Jersey Devils defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in Newark, N.J. (Adam Hunger / AP Photo)

The 18-year-old Connor Bedard has been Chicago’s best player, living up to the hype after he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Corey Perry (94) warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV / AP Photo)

After an internal investigation, the Blackhawks said earlier this week that Corey Perry’s actions violated his contract, putting him on unconditional waivers to terminate his $4 million deal for this season. Perry cleared Wednesday, and his contract was terminated.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Corey Perry (94) warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV / AP Photo)

The team has not given any indication as to what Perry did to warrant being sent home last week without explanation. General manager Kyle Davidson on Saturday said Perry would be away from the Blackhawks for the foreseeable future.

The Chicago Blackhawks logo adorns a jersey in Raleigh, N.C., May 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Karl B DeBlaker, File)
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One of the player’s “Black Aces” teammates was Kyle Beach, who reached a settlement with the Blackhawks in December 2021 after alleging he was sexually assaulted by then-video coach Brad Aldrich. The lawsuit filed last week raises similar allegations against Aldric.

Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews plays during the team’s NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum, File)

“I’d like to announce that I am not fully retiring, but I am taking time away from the game again this season,” said Toews, who also missed all of the 2020-21 season with symptoms of long COVID and chronic immune response syndrome.

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz attends a news conference March 1, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Blackhawks said in a release that Wirtz died on Tuesday, calling it a “sudden passing.” No further details were provided.

Connor Bedard (center) was selected by the Blackhawks with the first overall pick of the NHL Draft on June 28, 2023. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images via CNN)

The 17-year-old Bedard is considered a generational talent among NHL scouts, boasting an elite skill set and hockey IQ.

NHL draft prospect Connor Bedard speaks to the media prior to Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights, Monday, June 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Abbie Parr, File)

The Chicago Blackhawks own the No. 1 pick, and are highly anticipated to use it on Bedard when the draft opens in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 28.

Regina Pats’ Connor Bedard smiles for a team photo ahead of the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, in Langley, British Columbia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press via AP, File)

The Blackhawks won the lottery Monday night for the right to choose Bedard, the league’s most anticipated drawing since Connor McDavid in 2015. Bedard as a generational talent has drawn comparisons to McDavid and three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time playoff MVP Sidney Crosby, whom he idolized growing up.

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews waits for a faceoff during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toews helped Chicago put together the best stretch in franchise history, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bobby Hull is introduced to fans during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago, July 26, 2019. Hull, a Hall of Fame forward who helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup Final, has died. He was 84. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, file)

The Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL Alumni Association announced the death of the two-time NHL MVP on Monday. There were no further details provided by either organization.

United States’ Hilary Knight looks on before a women’s hockey game against the Canada, Oct. 22, 2021, in Allentown, Pa. (AP Photo / Chris Szagola, File)

Hilary Knight, who grew up in north suburban Lake Forest, is making her U.S. women’s hockey record-matching fourth Olympic appearance in which she’s won a gold and two silvers.

Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with teammate Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring a hat trick during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago, in this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, file photo. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty, File)

“Obviously respect the decision the Cleveland Indians made to go down that path, but we continue to deepen our commitment to upholding our namesake and our brand,” Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said Thursday.

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Sports fans, the countdown can finally begin. As the country takes its first steps out of a coronavirus-induced slumber, plans for the re-emergence of pro sports are surfacing.