Deadline Addition Jeff Petry Has Paid Big Playoff Dividends for the Canadiens

May 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

There are many reasons why the Montreal Canadiens are one of just six teams still alive in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goaltender Carey Price, of course, belongs near the top of the list, as do star defenceman P.K. Subban and leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty. Many other members of the team’s long-term core have performed extremely well.

General manager Marc Bergevin saw the potential of that core, and he made smart, low-cost moves at the trade deadline to bolster it. The most significant of those moves was the acquisition of defenceman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers at the low price of a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder.

Petry has delivered on that purchase price. Consider, for example, how CTV Montreal’s Brian Wilde assessed the defenceman’s play on Saturday in the Habs' Game 5 win:

Apart from one late blunder trying to clear the zone, Jeff Petry was—and is—outstanding. Petry is a number 2 D. He will command free agent money like a 2 D in a thin year. Only one GM can give him eight years. Now I am not saying for sure to make that offer but it is s ...

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