The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Eric Perrin to a one-year contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today.
Perrin, a 5-foot-9, 176-pound native of Laval, Quebec last played in the Lightning uniform in Game 4 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. He played in 12 total playoff games in 2004 and recorded an assist, his first in the NHL, during Game 1 of the ECF. Perrin also recorded nine shots on goal en route to winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in his first NHL season. He appeared in four regular season games and logged a season-high 11:49 of ice time in the season finale on April 3.
"As we have stated many times, losing Eric Perrin to Europe last season as a result of the re-entry waiver rules in the new CBA was a major blow to our organizational depth," Feaster said. "Eric performed very well for us during his late-season recall and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2004. We are very pleased that he has chosen to re-sign with us now and we look forward to seeing him competing for a spot on our roster in camp."
Perrin, 30, played for Bern in the Swiss league for the 2005-06 season and played in 44 regular season games. He scored 13 goals and dished out 25 assists in those games. He scored two goals and registered six points in 11 games for Bern in the playoffs. He also played in 11 post-season games for Biel-Bienne in the Swiss-B League and scored five goals with seven assists.
Perrin grew up in Laval with Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis
, and the pair rewrote the record books at the University of Vermont from 1993-94 through 1996-97. The top two scorers in Vermont history, both were Hobey Baker Award finalists and NCAA All Americans (Perrin in 1996, St. Louis in 1995, 1996 & 1997); both were named East Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year (Perrin in 1996, St. Louis in 1995); both were ECAC All-Stars in 1995, 1996 & 1997; both were named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 1994, with Perrin named Rookie of the Year.
After his four years at Vermont, Perrin was No. 1 in games (142), goals (107) and game-winning goals (18), and he ranks second in assists (149), points (256) and power-play goals.
He spent the 2004-05 season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and played in all 80 games, leading the Bears in assists with 49, points with 73 and game-winning goals with seven in earning his second consecutive AHL All-Star Game selection. He also scored 24 goals with six of them coming on the man advantage.
Perrin made his AHL debut in 2003-04 playing 71 games and finishing the season tied for second in assists with 54 and tied for third in points with 75 despite being recalled by the Lightning on March 26. He was also tied for the team lead in power-play goals with nine and tied for third on the Bears in game-winning goals with five. He made his AHL All-Star Game debut and scored a goal while finishing with a plus-1 rating.
Prior to playing in the AHL he spent three seasons in Finland playing for Jokerit, Assat, HPK and JyP. He led JyP in scoring during the 2002-03 season with 18 goals and 46 points in 56 games and ranked 6th in SM-Liiga for assists and 7th in points. He also ranked fourth in the league in playoff scoring with 10 points in seven games with JyP during the 2002-03 season.
Before going to Europe Perrin played in 185 games in the International Hockey League with Cleveland, Quebec and Kansas City. During his IHL career he scored 41 goals and recorded 136 points.
Perrin was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on June 19, 2003.