Darren Dreger shares news on Habs' Jeff Petry

Published February 8, 2022 at 5:04 PM

It hasn't been a good year for the Montreal Canadiens and it's equally been tough for Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry.


Not only is he on pace for his worst personal stat line since 2014-15 when he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Habs, he also understandably faced heavy criticism for not doing a damn thing, when Edmonton Oilers Zach Kassian knocked goaltender Samuel Montembeault on his ass.


That appeared to be a breaking point between the Canadiens and Jeff Petry with both parties clearly frustrated on this flat season.

Despite Petry's poor numbers, he's certainly a good defenceman and has a great offensive punch, I just think Petry has quit in Montreal this season and needs a change of scenery.

It seems a lot of other general managers feel the same way with multiple NHL teams from expressing interest in acquiring the services of Jeff Petry at the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, according to NHL Insider Darren Dreger.

While speaking on TSN 690 earlier today, Dreger explained that there are several clubs interested in trading for Jeff Petry. Among the teams that have been reported to be interested in Petry are the Dallas Stars, who remain in a bit of a standoff with blue liner John Klingberg, who has requested a trade out of Texas due to what he feels is a lack of appreciation.


This trade with Dallas keeps popping up with the Canadiens looking to bring Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin in to help with the struggle in goaltending in Montreal.


The others that Dreger revealed are the Detroit Red Wings with Petry being from Michigan and living there in the off-season. This trade would make a lot of sence. The others are the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, and Florida Panthers, which are all believed to have reached out to Canadiens GM Kent Hughes.


Regardless of what happens with Petry, the Habs and new general manager Kent Hughes will almost certainly be busy selling at the deadline to rebuild the Canadiens. Montreal could have a handful of first round picks with Ben Chiarot, Tyler Toffoli, and possibly Brendan Gallagher believed to be getting moved by the NHL draft.

Credit: HockeyFeed
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