Petry being shopped, St. Louis signs a 3-year deal, more

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 24: Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry (26) plays the puck during the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on April 24, 2022 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Firstly, Jeff Petry is being shopped by the Montreal Canadiens. I think this is well known, but it made headlines again recently. Teams around the league are well aware of this, and he will likely be traded early on in the offseason.

Petry requested to be traded prior to the deadline, but no suitor was found. His wish will be granted this summer.

HELSINKI, FINLAND – MAY 13: Juraj Slafkovsky #20 of Slovakia reacts during the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Group A match between France and Slovakia at the Helsinki Ice Hall on May 13, 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Secondly, reports say that the Canadiens are very high on Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovsky. However, passing up on Shane Wright is not something they want to do. The alternative would be to make a pitch to New Jersey to acquire the 2nd overall pick. In my opinion, a trade to acquire this pick from New Jersey would likely have to include Calgary’s 1st round pick, a prospect, and a top 6 player like Brendan Gallagher. While this is just speculation, it would be interesting to see that unfold.

For context, Slafkovsky played in the LIIGA this past season and notched 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points in 31 games. He played for team Slovakia at the 2022 World Championship in Finland as well, tallying 9 points including 3 goals in 8 games. We’ll see more from Slafkovsky this August when he competes in the World Junior Championship in Alberta.

MONTREAL, QC – FEBRUARY 10: Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Martin St-Louis addresses the media on February 10, 2022, at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Finally, headlines were made yesterday when Martin St. Louis’ interim tag was removed after signing a 3-year deal to officially become head coach in Montreal.

During his small tenure with Montreal this past season, following the firing of Dominique Ducharme, he coached 37 games. He finished his season with a record of 14-19-4, improving drastically on the record the Canadiens had prior to his hiring. We’ll see him get a full season with tons of new rookies this October!


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