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Habs Injury Report: Petry Injured Two Weeks Before NHL Trade Deadline



Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens practiced at Rogers Arena in Vancouver Monday ahead of their tilt with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. Defenceman Jeff Petry was part of a group of six players that skated in non-contact jerseys and during the practice, the Canadiens tweeted that the 34-year-old defenceman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.



Petry has 13 points — four goals and nine assists — in 49 games this season and has been a constant subject of trade rumours ahead of the March 21 NHL Trade Deadline. Despite having three years left on a four-year contract that carries a $6.2 million cap hit, the trade market for Jeff Petry has opened up and gained steam since Petry’s game has taken off under new interim head coach Martin St. Louis. Since the Montreal Canadiens replaced Dominique Ducharme with St. Louis on February 9, Petry has three goals and four assists in 12 games.

New Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes is on record as saying that the Canadiens are listening to offers for Petry and if the right trade presents itself before the March 21 NHL trade deadline, then the Montreal Canadiens will approach Petry, who has requested a trade, to waive his modified no-trade clause and full no-movement clause. This past Thursday TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun said that it was still likely that Petry will be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline.

Forwards Jake Evans (upper body), Paul Byron (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Christian Dvorak (upper body) plus defenceman Joel Edmundson (back) were also at practicing in no-contact jerseys Monday.

Goaltender Jake Allen, who has been out since Jan. 12 due to a lower-body injury, was also back on the ice.

Carey Price skated for a second day straight back in Brossard.

The Canadiens are riding a two-game win streak and will look to close out their current five-game road trip at 4-1-0 with a win over the Canucks on Tuesday in Vancouver.



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