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Montreal Canadiens Shore Up Blue Line by Adding Jeff Petry

Montreal Canadiens Shore Up Blue Line by Adding Jeff Petry
Franklin Steele

The Montreal Canadiens needed to add a defenseman at the NHL trade deadline, and the list of available players has been dwindling swiftly over the last few days. Keith Yandle and Braydon Coburn have both been moved over the last 24 hours and Cody Franson was traded last month, so Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin pulled the trigger on a deal to bring Jeff Petry to Montreal.

Carey Price has been keeping the Habs afloat all season long. The Canadiens are 22nd in the NHL in terms of average shots given up per game, and all eight teams that rank lower than them are not currently in playoff spots. Price’s ridiculous .936 save percentage has allowed Montreal to stay in most games, but the need for another defenseman is clear.

Petry isn’t going to be able to prevent a ton of shots by himself, but he is an upgrade to the top-four. He was the best defenseman the Edmonton Oilers had this season, which says more about the state of that defensive unit than anything.

Regardless, Bergevin picked his spot here and avoided a substantial overpayment while getting necessary help for his team. The price for a difference maker like Yandle would have been high, and the Canadiens didn’t have to move a top prospect or high draft pick to land Petry.

The picks allow the Oilers to continue stockpiling young talent. Their track record outside of the first round isn’t all that great, but it isn’t like they needed Petry for a playoff run. Edmonton is heading for another draft lottery, while the Canadiens needed to add a defenseman. Both teams get what they need here. Petry should slot in for Tom Gilbert on the second pairing, and the Oilers get more draft selections.

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Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He's written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for TodaysSlapshot.com. A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

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