Real reconciliation or a simple boost for the CEO to hide appearances? Hard to say, but Jeff Petry changed his tune to Brossard on Saturday.
Posted yesterday at 5:25 PM.
The Canadian defender took advantage of his last pass of the season in front of the mics to signal that he has not closed the door to a return to Montreal. From the arrival of Martin St-Louis behind the bench to Joel Edmundson’s return to the game, perhaps beyond the launch of a series of interviews with Serge Fiori, all the elements are in place to remind the number 26 that life in Montréal can be good.
Since Martin arrived, I have found my game. What he implanted helped me find my game. I will step back to think, go back to my loved ones and have a discussion with them.
Let’s look at it one item at a time. First of all, the head coach. Many of them complimented St-Louis on this day for clearing the changing rooms. But no one put as much love into it as Petry, who seemed genuinely grateful. The fluent skater mentioned the efforts St-Louis has made to get him to see his three boys and his wife, who is pregnant with their fourth child. The four remained in Michigan after the vacation.
For example, the Canadian would play matches in Sunrise, Raleigh and Tampa at the end of March. The family had planned to join him there, but Petry was injured on March 24, a few days before the start.
“Martin told me to stay in Fort Lauderdale while the team went to Carolina and just join the group in Tampa. He went out of his way to give me options. I couldn’t go in the end, but his commitment really touched me. He also allowed me to go home for a short stay over Easter. I appreciate what he has done. He understood my situation. †
That said, his performance was still up and down, a trend that appeared to be waning with Edmundson’s return in mid-March. Remember, Petry had spent much of last season by his side, as well as nearly all of the crazy 2021 series.
The two henchmen were reunited as soon as Edmundson returned. For Petry it was day and night.
- Petry without Edmundson: 4 goals, 9 assists and 13 points in 51 games, -9 record
- Petry with Edmundson: 2 goals 12 assists and 14 points in 17 games, -2 record
“It was a big loss for the team and for me. Last year things went well between us and I feel very comfortable with him. Our styles are different, but we play well together. After the game [de vendredi], he hugged me and said, “I wish we had played together longer this year.” He is a man who really helps me. †
That said, despite this surge of enthusiasm, Petry also did not assert with conviction that he wanted to end his career in Montreal. “I don’t want to close the door and say this is the last time I come here,” he repeated, later relaunching.
We understand it will be a family decision. “We love this city [Montréal]† We’ve loved it for eight years now. We love schools for children. But see our videos, it’s a bit crazy with us! We need all the help we can get, and with the schools closed and the uncertainty of the closures, we’ve decided that they will stay at home to get all the help they need. †
Whatever the Petry’s think, there’s another person involved in the decision, Kent Hughes. First of all, it should be noted that Hughes spoke to the media early in the day, before his end-of-season meetings with the players.
Hughes was not overly moved by Petry’s performances in conjunction with Edmundson.
We knew Jeff was better than the player we saw in February. The question was quite family. We said if we could trade it, we would. But it also had to work for the Canadian, because he is a good player.
Kent Hughes, general manager of the Canadiens
Basically, Hughes hasn’t changed his position, and it’s also a way to protect himself from his counterparts who want to get Petry at a discount simply because the player wants to change his environment.
One thing is certain, the GM has a plan B if he were to trade Petry. He should most likely be replaced by “a veteran with leadership,” Hughes replied immediately, when asked what would happen in the event of a transaction. On two other occasions during his 30-minute press conference, he put forward scenarios where Petry would leave.
Either way, it’s a case that is more likely to move as the draft gets closer, sometime in early July. Jeff Petry then has time to think about his future, while Hughes knows more about what’s on the market. If he’s looking for a veteran in charge to replace Petry, he can always try his luck in the free players market, where his former client Kris Letang, an attacking right-handed defender who must exercise some leadership, is especially expected since he’s been wearing an A in Pittsburgh for five years.
Still, Hughes must find a taker for Petry. At 34 years, a contract for another 3 years and 6.25 million a season, Petry doesn’t have the most attractive profile either.