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Jeff Petry - Yes Or No

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Why Acquiring Petry Makes Sense

Veteran Presence
The Red Wings’ defensive play was ugly last season. Petry is a 12-year veteran with 803 regular-season games on his resume. When he’s playing well, he’s a poised two-way defenseman. He has been a consistent performer for a very long-time. Although he finished with reduced production last season, he played more like himself after the Habs switched to Marty St. Louis as coach.

Filip Hronek Might Be Moved
Since Detroit’s season has been over, there’s been a rumbling around the NHL that GM Steve Yzerman may move Filip Hronek in a deal to land a No. 2 center or another proven scorer. With Seider instantly playing like a No. 1 defenseman, Hronek seemed unsettled by his new role last season. If Hronek is moved, the Red Wings will need another defenseman who can move the puck. Petry totaled six goals last season, but had 56 over five seasons coming into last season.

Why Acquiring Petry Doesn’t Make Sense

Not a Long-Term Fit
He’s 34, and turns 35 this December. He is 11 months younger than Marc Staal. Petry’s best years are behind him. Petry will likely be retired when this Detroit team is ready to contend.

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If Hronek is moved and Montreal will add a second rounder for us to take Petry, than maybe, but still I would be uncomfortable paying $7 mil for the next 3 years to a 35 year old declining dman.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/20/22 at 04:42 PM ET


I’d say the same thing as with Bobrovsky, if Montreal really wants/needs to shed salary and are willing to sweeten the deal, I’d take him in a second.

Then I’d trade Hronek to someone who needs a reasonably-priced young 30-40 point RH D-man.

Three years left on Petry’s contract is perfect. He’s still a capable player though obviously on the decline. You can pay him to be a veteran presence on the second pair and then trade him at some point in his last season, retain 50% of his salary and get another payday.

Not to mention that in three years the Wings will hopefully be contending for a playoff spot, but they won’t be SC contenders, so they can just wave goodbye to him if they can’t trade him.

He also may actually want to play here. I’m not positive, but I think I remember that he approached Detroit about signing as a UFA in 2015 but Holland wasn’t interested.

Posted by GMoney on 06/20/22 at 04:56 PM ET

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Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 06/20/22 at 07:52 PM ET

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If they trade Hronek, then maybe. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/20/22 at 07:56 PM ET


Hronek is young and still arguably our second best defenseman.  I know the pipeline looks great but none of that is guaranteed- especially the next couple years.  Seider is special.  Hronek may not be the future but he also still may have some upside.  His value might be better later in the year too.

Posted by SevensForTed on 06/20/22 at 10:37 PM ET

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I’d take Petry’s on whole contract (just to get up to the cap floor) plus no less than two picks and a prospect and in return we’d give the Habs future considerations.  That’s $6.25 million we’re spending on defense for “veteran presence” for the next three seasons.

Having said that, no thanks.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/21/22 at 12:24 AM ET


Not the Petry of today. Too old, too much money. We have too many young D in the pipeline who need to come up and play, not some old vet on an overpriced contract

Posted by exor54 on 06/21/22 at 07:02 AM ET

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Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 06/21/22 at 10:37 AM ET

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Posted by d ca on 06/21/22 at 02:46 PM ET


Trade Hronek for a dozen sticks, but trade him. He is what he is at this age.

Posted by pnwwing on 06/21/22 at 04:56 PM ET

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Posted by pnwwing on 06/21/22 at 04:56 PM ET

24 year old top 4 d-men have value beyond a dozen sticks. He’ll probably have more value a half year away from Blash’s coaching and benching. His contract seems high for what he has produced as he clearly regressed for two years under Blash’s system.

He seems like a decent sized piece of a trade for top talent—esp if the Wings were to eat half his contract—which would then make him a bargain.

Posted by d ca on 06/21/22 at 10:22 PM ET

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