NHL commerce scores: Penguins choose up Jeff Petry and Ryan Poehling from Canadiens

The exchange

penguins acquire: Defender Jeff Petry and ahead Ryan Pohling

Canadians acquire: Defender Michael Matheson and a fourth-round choose in 2023


Shayna Goldman: So the Penguins weren’t completed. We are able to see why they cleared ceiling area with the John Marino case, since Jeff Petry arrives a bit greater (however with a yr much less) than Mike Matheson. It is fascinating that Pittsburgh moved Emily Matheson’s husband after having such an excellent yr. Pittsburgh must promote excessive, and if there’s any concern that it will not repeat its 2021-22 season, they do not must.

Matheson supplies worth as a second pair defenseman who may also help transition between the puck and the ice. However he’ll be uncovered much more in Montreal, so coaches are going to must handle his use to maintain him at his greatest. General, the Canadiens are getting a youthful, cheaper defender, which ought to come in useful in just a few years as they reorganize to turn out to be extra aggressive.

Petry continues to be excellent and, though 2021-22 has not been his greatest, he has managed to make a optimistic impression at each ends of the ice at five-on-five, regardless of the collapse of the staff round him . Now he ought to have much more assist in Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old nonetheless has three years left on his contract (and the Penguins have not withheld a wage), so if issues go unsuitable – they usually are inclined to do for defenders of their 30s – it may cripple his new membership. It is simply very clear that Pittsburgh are centered on the second, as they need to be with their core group staying put. They will perceive the long run later.

Some low-cost ahead depth in Ryan Poehling is not a foul addition for Pittsburgh, both. Who is aware of? Possibly he’ll turn out to be the following Evan Rodrigues because the Sidney Crosby impact is actual.

The commerce was a bit stunning, however it appears to be like fairly skinny on both aspect.

Pittsburgh Penguins: B
Montreal Canadiens: B+

Sean Gentille: When Ron Hextall did his last exchangeJohn Marin for Ty Smith “I believed I knew what the following one would seem like. I believed unsuitable.

Hextall has completed nothing to make up for its extra NHL defenders, however he modified personnel. Out comes Mike Matheson (left aspect, high 4, offensively gifted, coming off probably the most full season of his spotty NHL profession), in comes Petry (proper aspect, high pair, coming off a brutal season after a number of years of Excellence), in addition to ahead Ryan Poehling (a 2017 first-round choose who may find yourself amongst Pittsburgh’s backside six contributors this season).

Cap-wise, Hextall added $2.125 million to Pittsburgh’s quantity, with Montreal dropping simply as a lot. Petry carries a $6.25 AAV for 3 extra seasons and Poehling is all the way down to $750,000; Matheson is at $4.875 million for 4.

In Petry, if final season was an aberration, the Penguins get an getting old, offensively productive and well-rounded presence on the proper aspect that may spell Kris Letang extra effectively than, say, Marino if want be. The issue? Petry is 34 years previous, which makes it unwise to imagine that final yr’s decline was due solely to a disastrous season in Montreal. Pittsburgh appears to be betting in any other case.

In Matheson, if final season was an aberration, the Canadiens obtain an usually electrical and infrequently maddening participant whose errors don’t adequately stability his presents. The Constructive Aspect ? Matheson made nice strides final season; the errors are nonetheless there, however he did much less.

Poehling is considerably of a wanted addition for Pittsburgh, even when he does not come near tapping into his potential. After years of neglect, the Penguins scouting system is operating out of low-cost, high quality depth forwards.

The wage is essentially a wash. Pittsburgh’s near-term prospects ought to matter lower than including better-equipped gamers for a ultimate run with the Crosby/Malkin/Letang core. Montreal will get further area for the following few seasons and an additional yr of management over Matheson, who could be underpaid by the point he enters free company at age 32.

It could be a cop, however it appears to be like like one other “good for each groups” deal. Neither defender is ideal, and each really feel higher of their place. Montreal did nicely so as to add a legit second pair man, contemplating Petry’s commerce request. If Kent Hughes needs to maneuver Matheson someplace else within the subsequent two years, he most likely can. Pittsburgh is betting on a rebound season from Petry. If that occurs, they will be a bit higher off this season with him (and Poehling) on ​​the roster than Matheson. And at this level, not a lot else ought to matter to Hextall. It is time to see what he does subsequent.

Pittsburgh Penguins: B+
Montreal Canadiens: B

Dom Luszczyszyn: By model worth, this appears to be like like an enormous win for the Penguins. Jeff Petry has lengthy been a legit high pair defender whereas Mike Matheson has lengthy been thought-about an overpaid high 4 borderline defender. Contemplating the modest cap improve (particularly after delivery John Marino), the Penguins appear to have completed very nicely right here on the floor.

However one thing fascinating has occurred over the previous yr – Petry’s inventory has fallen, whereas Matheson’s inventory has risen. Previous to final season, Petry was anticipated to be rated at 1.8 wins, which is low-end No. 1 defender territory. In the meantime, Matheson was round 0.3 wins, which is backside pairing fodder. However after a attempting yr for Petry and a breakout marketing campaign for Matheson, the duo are valued nearly equally. This explains why they have been basically traded for one another, with Petry becoming into Pittsburgh’s present schedule and Matheson having a bonus whereas giving Montreal some further cap area. Win-win.

The mannequin at the moment sides with Matheson, ever so barely, and there are two methods to take a look at it: age and background. On the age aspect, Matheson maybe appears to be like extra interesting given he’s six years youthful than Petry – the final yr could have been an indication of decline. As for the earlier ones, 2021-22 was an irregularity for the 2 defenders and a return to regular favors Petry. I lean in the direction of the latter and like this wager for the Penguins for that purpose. Within the Pittsburgh system, with the staff’s depth up entrance, Petry ought to thrive and return to his previous methods.

Pittsburgh Penguins: A-
Montreal Canadiens: B+

Corey Pronman: Ryan Poehling is a former high prospect whose transition to skilled hockey did not go as easily as hoped. He’s a really clever centre, with ample expertise and ranges of competitors. He is not an excellent skater, although, and the offense in his recreation does not excite you an excessive amount of. There’s sufficient in his recreation to make you assume he generally is a longtime middle within the backside six with a (diminishing) likelihood of getting extra.

Jeff Petry is getting older, and he is not the participant he as soon as was, whereas getting paid huge bucks for 3 extra seasons. He is nonetheless a right-handed defenseman who skates laborious and is a really sensible puck passer and might contribute offensively within the NHL whereas defending defensively.

Michael Matheson’s skating means has all the time stood out. He can transition pucks at clear NHL stage due to his ft. His hockey sense is common, so he does not stand out at both finish of the rink. He is a strong third-pair defenseman who can play an even bigger function in Montreal.

For my cash, I might take Petry over Matheson in a recreation tomorrow, though I do not know if that would be the case in a yr or two. The Penguins get the very best participant within the commerce and an honest younger participant – even when Petry is overpaid at this level in his profession. Montreal are leaving Poehling who has did not dwell as much as expectations, and in Matheson they now have a youthful defender in Petry who they will use to fill within the minutes within the robust years to return, and certain look to the long run for extra younger expertise.

Pittsburgh Penguins: B+
Montreal Canadiens: B

(Picture by Jeff Petry: John Cordes/NHLI by way of Getty Pictures)

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