Canadiens Lock Up Jeff Petry for 6 Years

Photo: Harry How, Getty Images

Photo: Harry How, Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they have re-signed pending unrestricted free agent, Jeff Petry, to a 6-year deal worth $33 million total. His AAV is set to be $5.5 million and it includes a partial no-trade clause. At Marc Bergevin’s press conference after Montreal was eliminated, he indicated that signing Petry was a priority for the organization. This deal not only shows that Bergevin was working hard to get this done but also that Petry wanted to remain a Canadien when he likely could have fetched more on the open market.

Petry, 27, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is a big body that has a high hockey IQ, is able to read the play well and can execute great outlet passes. Petry is able to jump up in the play to assist his forwards offensively but has the speed to get back the other way when the possession changes.

Petry has spent most of his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers. He was traded to the Habs on deadline day in March to give Montreal a boost on their blue line for their playoff run. Petry posted 7 points in 19 regular season games with the Canadiens and added 3 points in 12 playoff games, which was his first taste at post-season hockey at this level.

The Michigan native has appeared in a total of 314 NHL regular season games, recording 20 goals, 61 assists and 149PIM. Once he left Edmonton, Petry showed more of what he was capable of and it captured not only the eyes and hearts of Habs fans but many hockey-minded people around the league.

Pierre LeBrun on TSN 690 stated, “I think Petry would’ve gotten 6M per year as a UFA. This is quite a coup for Marc Bergevin.”

With this excellent signing done, hopefully the GM can pull off a few more important moves so that the Canadiens will be better contenders for the Stanley Cup starting in October. This means that a rearguard such as Alexei Emelin should be looked at to being dealt away.

Now we wait..


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