Perry to have 60 days to file grievance vs. Blackhawks
TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston reports its unclear whether Perry, whose deal can be terminated upon him clearing waivers Wednesday, will elect to file a grievance against the Blackhawks.
"The Blackhawks initiated the termination of that contract on Tuesday by placing him on unconditional waivers. That can happen as soon as Wednesday," Johnston said on Insider Trading. "At that point, there’s a chance Perry could have a grievance over this decision. That is something he has 60 days to decide on, and, at this point, it’s too soon to know which way he’ll go.
"But it’s very clear this is a serious situation. We saw the way [Blackhawks general manager] Kyle Davidson addressed reporters and the strain it put on him.
"He couldn’t reveal much, but he did make it clear that it didn’t involve a player or his family. It was a workplace matter and not something that violated the law. Clearly, this is something the Blackhawks felt violated the terms of Perry’s standard player’s contract and the team’s internal policies."
Prior to being placed on waivers Tuesday, Perry had been out of the Blackhawks lineup since Nov. 19, being scratched as an "organizational decision." The Blackhawks released a statement on Wednesday stating an internal investigation had determined Perry "engaged in conduct that is unacceptable, and in violation of both the terms of his Standard Player's Contract and the Blackhawks' internal policies intended to promote professional and safe work environments."
Speaking later in the day, Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson spoke out on rumours that had followed Perry's absence.
“As this is an individual personnel matter, I will not be able to disclose any details related to the initial reporting or the findings,” Davidson said. "However, I do want to be very clear on this point. This does not involve any players or their families, and anything that suggests otherwise, or anyone that suggests otherwise, is wildly inaccurate and, frankly, it’s disgusting.”
Perry, 38, has four goals and five assists in 16 games with the Blackhawks this season, his first in Chicago.
He was acquired via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning in June in exchange for a seventh-round pick, signing his current one-year, $4-million contract with the Blackhawks soon after.