Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens Acquire Petry, Flynn and Mitchell at NHL Trade Deadline

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens Acquire Petry, Flynn and Mitchell at NHL Trade Deadline

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Canadiens get Petry, Flynn and Mitchell


MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens got some help and a vote of confidence from their general manager at the NHL trade deadline.

The Eastern Conference leading Canadiens, gunning for a first Stanley Cup since 1993, made three moves Monday that added to their depth without giving up any roster players.

The team-record three deals brought in defenceman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers and some speed on their bottom two lines in forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell, acquired in separate trades with the Buffalo Sabres.

"I'm really happy with our group," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "What we've done this year, the way we played, the way we competed, where we are in the standings, is great for our players and coaching staff.

"I'm proud of them. And today, we brought help."

Bergevin didn't want to touch the chemistry that has developed on the team that took a 41-16-5 record into a game Monday night in San Jose, which was appreciated by the players.

"We're getting rewarded for our good play right now by the GM taking some chances and making some moves," forward Max Pacioretty said. "I think it sends a message to our group that this is our time and we got to go for it."

The Canadiens dealt a 2015 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to Edmonton for Petry, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The fifth-round pick will become a fourth-rounder if the Canadiens win one playoff series and a third-rounder if they win two.

They sent a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft to Buffalo for Flynn, who is due to become a restricted free agent. Then they sent a seventh round pick in 2016 and 24-year-old prospect Jack Nevins to the Sabres for Mitchell, another impending UFA. Nevins has no points and 88 penalty minutes in 32 AHL games in Hamilton this season.

"There's a puck mover defenceman in Petry and we brought skill and speed to our depth up front," said Bergevin. …

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