The defenseman is therefore going home → https://t.co/q4ErnDNGxS
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 15, 2023
Early this afternoon, the Habs announced what we all pretty much expected: Jeff Petry was traded back after ten days in town. Clearly, the defenseman didn’t want to play in Montreal, and that could become a problem.
In the end, he was sent to his native Michigan in return for Gustav Lindström and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2025, with 50% of his salary withheld for the next two years.
That said, if the Tricolore GM’s words are anything to go by, the deal that brought Petry back to town happened pretty quickly. In fact, according to Hughes, he called Kyle Dubas on Saturday morning to see how things were going, and it was only then that he learned that the CH was not on the defender’s 15-team roster.
#Habs GM Kent Hughes said when he spoke to Jeff Petry shortly after the three-way trade involving PIT & SJ, he promised Petry he’d try to expediate another trade to send back to a U.S. team ideally before the new school year begins for Petry’s sons.
– Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) August 15, 2023
In the end, then, we had a feeling that the Habs were in the mix a few days before the deal, but it was obviously 24 hours before the announcement that Hughes learned that Petry didn’t have the CH on his list.
– Asked about Logan Mailloux’s interview with Gary Bettman, Hughes said there had been no final decision yet.
– In the eyes of the CH’s professional scouts. Lindström is currently playing at 70% of his potential. The club believes it can take him to the next level.
– Hughes confirmed that Rem Pitlick had requested a trade and that Mike Hoffman left because the club didn’t see a future for him in the city.