Corey Perry released by Chicago Blackhawks after team investigation

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Corey Perry’s time with Chicago came to an ugly end Tuesday with the Blackhawks cutting him loose.

Perry hasn’t suited up for the Blackhawks since last week and the club is moving on by terminating his contract, saying the veteran winger engaged in unacceptable conduct.

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“After an internal investigation, the Blackhawks have determined that Corey Perry has engaged in conduct that is unacceptable, and in violation of both the terms of his (contract) and the Blackhawks’ internal policies intended to promote professional and safe work environments,” the team said in a statement.

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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.

Agent Pat Morris did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment from the Associated Press on the Blackhawks’ intent to terminate Perry’s contract. Over the weekend, he said in a statement that Perry had stepped away to attend to personal matters.

Perry, a former Stanley Cup champion and Hart Trophy winner, has 892 points in 1,273 career games.

He had signed a $2-million US contract with Chicago for this season with $2 million in potential incentives.

— with files from The Associated Press

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