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Martin St-Louis opens up on how to handle Jeff Petry till the end of the season

Published March 22, 2022 at 11:59
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Kent Hughes wrapped up his first trade deadline as GM with three trades, and you have to say he did a colossal job.

The Habs GM pulled off a real coup by getting two second round picks, a seventh round pick and two defensive prospects in William Lagesson and Justin Barron in return for Brett Kulak and Artturi Lehkonen.

But Kent Hughes did not trade defenseman Jeff Petry. We know that the latter had requested a trade a few months ago and that many experts expect to see him leave Montreal during the summer.

But in the meantime, he is still a member of the Habs until the end of the season. When a player suspects that he will eventually leave a team, he might tend to drag his feet and play only for form's sake.


As reported by Charles-Alexis Brisebois of Danslescoulisses.com, Martin St-Louis was asked about Petry and how he sees his season ending with the Habs.

"I don't think Petry will contaminate the team. After 3 p.m., he'll know his fate. If he stays here, the better he plays, the better he will help his cause for maybe this summer. Maybe things will change too."

What's been circulating a lot is the fact that Petry seems to like playing for Martin St. Louis, and that it buys the Habs time until they can find the right deal to satisfy the CH and the player.

Even though he has struggled a bit in recent games, Petry is still playing much better hockey since the head coach change and if he can have a strong finish to the season, everyone will win in this story.

He'll need to get back to his level of play from earlier this month and it should end well for him. Remember that his trade request has not been withdrawn and he still wants to be traded and get out of Montreal as soon as possible, a rather peculiar situation.


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Martin St-Louis opens up on how to handle Jeff Petry till the end of the season

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