I’ll be very honest with you: Jeff Petry was one of my favorite defensemen in a Canadian uniform. He was prone to a number of mistakes and questionable defensive play at times, sure, but he brought mobility and some offensive flair to a Montreal defensive brigade that didn’t really have any, save for Petry.
In the summer of 2021, he was most likely the best defender in the famous top-4 that led the club to the final. The boys played great hockey, he was the first.
But his last season in Montreal was very busy. He was obviously not on the same page as Dominique Ducharme and we felt he wanted to leave Quebec.
Kent Hughes traded him to the Penguins along with Ryan Poehling, getting Mike Matheson and the pick that has since become Bogdan Konyushkov.
Petry, however, failed to revive himself, after being traded again to the Canadiens last summer before being traded to the Red Wings, where he would have a chance to restart his career at home…
Except he didn’t restart his career, far from it.
Actually, we have to face the facts: Petry, who Again omitted today, he is no longer a defender whose place is assured in the lineup at every match.
Derek Lalonde says Austin Czarnik is out tonight. Justin Holl will be back tonight, Petry is out. #LGRW
— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) November 17, 2023
In fact, Petry has already missed six of the Red Wings’ 17 games this season. Three were due to injuries, but the other three times he was left out completely. He is unable to force his coach Derek Lalonde, who continues to put him in the rotation for a supporting role.
Justin Holl and Olli Määttä, who have been better than him this season, are two guys who are also part of this pretty rough rotation (not like the one that included Victor Mete, Brett Kulak and Alexander Romanov in Montreal, where three guys skipped their turn one after the other).
So barring an injury within the squad, Petry runs the risk of having to be patient more often than not. And with young Simon Edvinsson arriving in the NHL soon, that will only complicate things for the veteran.
At least the Red Wings didn’t give up much and are only paying him $2,343,500 per year for two years. Imagine that he came to town with 100% of his salary.
Speaking of former CH members in Detroit, we should note that regular Ben Chiarot. However, just like Petry, he does not offer great hockey to his club.
Yesterday, for example, Petry (14:08) and Chiarot (13:10) finished the game with a difference of -3. Every other defensive player on the team had a plus.
Clearly, if Petry is to become a regular again, he will need to raise his game up a notch. And if Chiarot doesn’t want to join him on the bridge when Edvinsson gets to the NHL, he better do the same.
A lots of
– Let’s hope that he will get better in the end. The concussions are piling up for the 24-year-old.
Filip Chytil’s career could be in danger 😢 https://t.co/tVTvX1tBqa
— TVA Sports (@TVASports) November 17, 2023
– Good weather.
Rest in peace my Karl 💫🕊️ pic.twitter.com/Lv7myYePSm
— HFTV (@HFTVSports) November 17, 2023
– Nice reading.
– What do you think?
Yes or no? 👀
This week, NHL GMs approved the use of helmets that contrast with the jerseys, as long as they don’t contrast with the opposing team. pic.twitter.com/tfCECdWHUL
— BarDown (@BarDown) November 17, 2023
– He was really lucky.