Derek Lalonde said Austin Czarnik is out tonight. Justin Holl will be back in tonight, Petry is out. #LGRW
– Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) November 17, 2023
I’ll be honest with you: Jeff Petry was one of my favorite defensemen in a Canadiens uniform. He was prone to a lot of blunders and suspect defensive play at times, sure, but he brought mobility and some offensive flair to a Montreal defensive brigade that didn’t really have any, besides Petry.
Petry was unable to re-launch his career, however, and was traded back to the Habs last summer before being dealt to the Red Wings, where he would have the opportunity to re-launch his career at home…
Except that he hasn’t relaunched his career, far from it.
In fact, let’s face it: Petry, who was left out again today, is no longer a defenseman whose place in the lineup is assured every game.
In fact, Petry has already missed six of the Red Wings’ 17 games this season. Three of those have been due to injury, but the other three times he’s been left out altogether. He is unable to force the hand of coach Derek Lalonde, who continues to rotate him into a supporting role.
Justin Holl and Olli Määttä, who are better than him this season, are the two guys who are also part of this rather rough rotation (it’s not like the one involving Victor Mete, Brett Kulak and Alexander Romanov in Montreal, where all three guys skipped their turn one after the other).
So, unless there’s an injury on the brigade, Petry may have to take his lumps more often than not. And with young Simon Edvinsson due to arrive in the NHL soon, this will only complicate things for the veteran.
At least the Red Wings didn’t give him much, and they’re only paying him $2,343,500 a year for two years. Imagine if he’d come to town at 100% of his salary.
Speaking of former CH members in Detroit, Ben Chiarot is a regular. That said, like Petry, he doesn’t offer his club great hockey.
Yesterday, for example, Petry (14:08) and Chiarot (13:10) both finished the game with a -3 differential. All the team’s other defensemen had a positive differential.
Clearly, if Petry wants to become a regular again, he’s going to have to take his game up a notch. And if Chiarot doesn’t want to join him on the bridge when Edvinsson arrives in the NHL, he’d better do the same.
– Let’s hope he gets better in the end. Concussions are piling up for the 24-year-old.
Filip Chytil’s career could be in jeopardy https://t.co/tVTvX1tBqa
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) November 17, 2023
– Nice moment.
Rest in peace my Karl pic.twitter.com/Lv7myYePSm
– HFTV (@HFTVSports) November 17, 2023
– Great read.
– What do you think?
Yay or Nay?
This week, NHL GMs approved the use of helmets that contrast with jerseys, as long as they do not contrast with the opposing team. pic.twitter.com/tfCECdWHUL
– BarDown (@BarDown) November 17, 2023
– He was really lucky.
An Eastern Ontario minor field hockey player had a close call this week when he was cut in the throat by a skate. The teen spoke to @LeDroitca to send an important message to those who wear or modify their neck guards incorrectly. https://t.co/pxEZ6VfYni
– jf plante (@jfplante_Droit) November 17, 2023