The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have re-signed defenceman Jeff Petry to a six year contract.
Jeff Petry's new deal with Habs, $33 million over six years ($5.5 M AAV)— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 2, 2015
Six years will take Petry until he is 33 years old and the money, though pricey, is fair for a number two defenceman, even if he is playing on the second pairing for the Canadiens because he is behind P.K. Subban on the right side. His ability to carry the second pairing while starting in the defensive zone should help the Canadiens in the long run. Petry's stellar defence can get over-shadowed by his offensive abilities. Petry is also an asset on the powerplay where is mobility can help open up lanes for Subban to release his deadly shot.
The Canadiens traded a second and a fourth for Petry at the deadline. This was the first year he was eligible for unrestricted free-agency.