In the immediate aftermath of the Jeff Petry trade, it’s hard not to view the Detroit Red Wings as big winners. Certainly in the short term they are acquiring a veteran NHL defenseman, while two other NHL teams – the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins – will be paying all but 37.5% of Petry’s salary.
A proud pop ❤️
Dan Petry now gets to watch his son, Jeff Petry play with the Red Wings organization after the team acquired the defenseman from the Montreal Canadiens. #RepDetroit | @FiegerLaw pic.twitter.com/lziW8YJgX5
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) August 15, 2023
So why did this deal make sense for Montreal? The Canadiens will be getting Gustav Lindstrom, who was figuring to be Detroit’s seventh defenseman, and a conditional fourth pick. Expectations are that Lindstrom might even start out with Montreal’s AHL farm club, the Laval Rocket.
Bottom line, this is nothing more than a salary dump from Montreal’s perspective. As much as Petry would’ve helped them, it wasn’t going to be enough to make the Canadiens into a playoff team, so why climb the standings and lessen their chance of hitting the draft lottery?
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Detroit added another Michigander and a veteran NHL defenseman in Jeff Petry
- Former Red Wings defenseman Bob Baun has died
- Hockey Hall of Famer and Bally Sports Detroit analyst Larry Murphy thinks it’s realistic to to talk about Detroit making the playoffs
- Center Marco Kasper realizes the challenge he’ll be facing to crack the Red Wings roster out of training camp
Red Wings Offseason
Defenseman Charlie Curti, who played last season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins and ECHL Toledo Walleye, is taking his talents across the Atlantic Ocean.
✉️ A message from your #3 Charlie Curti, ahead of the GIANT 2023/24 season. 🗣️
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 15, 2023
He’s joining the Belfast Giants of the EIHL.
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