Detroit Red Wings trade for veteran defenseman Jeff Petry from Montreal Canadiens

Detroit Free Press

Steve Yzerman swung another trade in his efforts to push the Detroit Red Wings back into the playoff picture.

The Wings acquired Ann Arbor’s Jeff Petry on Tuesday from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for little-used defenseman Gustav Lindstrom and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2025.

The Canadiens retained 50% of Petry’s remaining contract, which runs 2024-25 with a $6.25 million salary cap hit. With the Pittsburgh Penguins also retaining part of Petry’s contract, the cap hit for the Wings over the next two seasons is $2,343,750.

Petry, 35, shoots right, adding to the depth on the right side next to Moritz Seider and newcomer Justin Holl.

The trade comes a little more than a month after Yzerman added 40-goal scorer Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills) to the team.

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Petry, who played at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Michigan State, spent the 2022-23 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, recording 31 points (five goals), a plus-two rating and 24 penalty minutes in 61 games. He was dealt Aug. 6 back to Montreal in the three-team deal that sent Erik Karlsson to the Penguins.

Petry, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenseman, played the 2021-22 season with the Canadiens, notching 27 points (six goals) and 36 penalty minutes in 68 games.

Petry helped the Canadiens reach the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, logging 42 points (12 goals), a plus-six rating and 20 penalty minutes in 55 regular-season games, in addition to earning six assists in 20 playoff games.

Originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (45th overall) of the 2006 NHL draft, Petry has compiled 353 points (92 goals) and 349 penalty minutes in 864 games between the Oilers, Canadiens and Penguins since 2010-11, along with 13 points (five goals) and 18 penalty minutes in 48 playoff games. Petry also totaled 28 points (seven goals) and 22 penalty minutes in 51 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons and Oklahoma City Barons from 2009-12.

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Lindstrom, 24, was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft by the Wings. He has 25 points (two goals) and a minus-33 rating in 128 games over four seasons.

Contact Helene St. James athstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames.

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