Jeff Petry explains his re-signing with the Canadiens, the Leafs ongoing GM search and the Oilers’ possible off-season moves.
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE: Defenseman Jeff Petry said he was impressed with the Canadiens upon joining the club following a trade-deadline deal from Edmonton. Petry recently re-signed a new six-year, $33 million deal with the Habs, claiming the first-class organization was among the reasons he opted to stay in Montreal rather than test the UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on Petry’s re-signing here. His signing also leaves the Habs with limited cap space to re-sign RFAs Alex Galchenyuk and Nathan Beaulieu, possibly bring back gritty UFA forwards Torrie Mitchell and Brian Flynn and bolster their scoring. More on that in my Rumors section.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports Toronto Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan and his staff are quite willing to go into the NHL Draft later this month with Mark Hunter leading the way without a titled general manager. There’s talk of Brandon Wheat Kings Kelly McCrimmon joing the club to augment their hockey ops staff. It’s possible Shanahan could become the de facto GM.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if Shanahan takes over as Leafs GM. He’s pretty much filling that job now. It seems he can’t find anyone else suitable for the role.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s willing to move draft picks for more game-ready players, specifically numbers 16, 33 and 57 in this year’s draft. If he did move one of those picks it would be for a younger player. It’s also possible former Oilers head coach Todd Nelson could rejoin the Oilers coaching staff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli definitely isn’t trading the first overall pick, so let’s not waste time getting into silly trade scenarios about it. Connor McDavid is a generational franchise player. You can bet everyone on the Oilers staff is drooling over the possibility of McDavid centering Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Chiarelli packaged the 16th overall with another pick in hopes of adding a good young NHL player, preferably a goalie or a defenseman with top-two potential.