The Detroit Red Wings got the right hand shot they wanted on defense. They also brought back a link to the Detroit Tigers’ storied past. Jeff Petry, son of former Tigers pitcher Dan, was acquired in a trade yesterday with the Montreal Canadiens. It’s another move that shows the Red Wings are positioning themselves to be more competitive in a stacked Atlantic Division.
Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen writes that the move certainly crowds someone out in the three pairings. From Allen:
If everyone is healthy, which of those players would be scratched? The truth is coach Derek Lalonde probably couldn’t answer that question today. These situations often are worked out by injuries or performance. It will be an important training camp for everyone on the defense.
One of those players could be former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maata, who Detroit re-signed to a deal last season. It also makes it challenging for young prospect Simon Edvinsson, who may likely start in Grand Rapids. On the Montreal side of things, Montreal Hockey Now’s Marc Dumont opines that the Red Wings were winners in the deal, picking up a quality dman whose salary was picked up by Pittsburgh and Montreal.
Now the real question: Will this help the “Yzerplan” or just keep it in neutral? Stay tuned.
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