Trade Targets the Detroit Red Wings Could Explore this Off-Season

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Jeff Petry to the Red Wings?

The Red Wings have a need to bolster their blueline. They also need another veteran presence to give stability to the backend after a disastrous 2021-2022 campaign in what felt like football scores had full display on the jumbotron. Another Michigander could be of use to fill this role.

Jeff Petry may have been one of the best players in Montreal during their trip to the Stanley Cup finals two season ago. Last season, he was subject to ridicule from the fans. His salary moving off the books will help new GM Kent Hughes build the Canadiens in a way that he sees fit. Steve Yzerman will get a veteran D-man who is versatile and can play in all situations. A change of scenery for Petry would not be the worst thing for him either.

Why should the Canadians consider?

Montreal is in need to clear cap space to begin a rebuild. They have the coach and general manager in place. They need a high-end talent to play with Nick Suzuki. Zadina could use a change of scenery. It is a minimal risk that yields a high reward.

Why Should the Red Wings Consider?

Detroit needs defense and veteran leaders in the room. Petry provides the intangibles needed on and off the ice to take the team to the next step. He only has three seasons left on his contract that should not affect the Wings ability to offer their budding stars contracts once their entry level deals expire.