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Canadiens trade Jeff Petry to Red Wings for Gustav Lindström, draft pick

Jeff Petry is on the move again, heading from Montreal to Detroit.

Jeff Petry spent last season with the Penguins. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jeff Petry spent last season with the Penguins. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After getting traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Aug. 6, Jeff Petry was on the move again on Tuesday — heading to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Gustav Lindström and a conditional 2025 fourth-round pick. The Canadiens are also retaining 50% of Petry's remaining salary in the deal.

The fourth-round pick in 2025 will be the latter of the Red Wings' or Boston Bruins' pick.

The 35-year-old is something of an odd fit for a Red Wings squad that already acquired an offensive-minded veteran blueliner in the offseason by adding Shayne Gostisbehere during free agency. Prior to the move, Detroit already had five defensemen on contracts with an AAV of $3 million or more, plus rising star Moritz Seider on his entry-level deal.

Although it remains to be seen how Petry will slot into the Red Wings lineup, it seems clear that even at the age of 35 he still has something to offer. Last season Petry skated 22:21 per night and generated solid offensive production.

The move to Detroit will also be a homecoming of sorts for Petry, who was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and played three seasons with the Michigan State Spartans between 2007 and 2010.

With the Canadiens retaining half of his salary, he will provide depth on the Red Wings' blue line at a cap hit of $2.34 million. Detroit still has $5.98 million left under the cap following the trade.

Getting Petry off the books allows Montreal to get a little more salary flexibility and add a pick to a war chest that includes 16 selections in the top four rounds of the next three drafts. The Canadiens also grabbed Lindström in the deal, who they may find a use for on a blue line full of youth and uncertainty.

Lindström has played 99 NHL games over the last two seasons with minimal offensive production while skating 15:24 a night.

If Montreal can unearth something in the former 37th-overall pick, that will be a bonus as getting off half of Petry's salary and snagging an extra draft pick were the biggest wins the Canadiens got out of the deal.