Pittsburgh Penguins revamp defense, acquire Farmington Hills native Jeff Petry

Associated Press

Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Farmington Hills native Jeff Petry and forward Ryan Poehling from the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday in exchange for defenseman Mike Matheson and a fourth-round pick in 2023.

Born in Ann Arbor and raised in Farmington Hills, Petry played at Orchard Lake St. Mary's in high school and at Michigan State for three seasons.

The deal with the Canadiens ends a tenure of seven-plus seasons in Montreal for Petry, who had 70 goals and 178 assists in 508 games with the Canadiens. Matheson had 11 goals and 20 assists in 74 games with the Penguins last season and added one goal and five assists in seven playoff games. He has 49 goals and 89 assists in 417 career NHL games.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) sets up for a face-off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in New York.

Petry was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, playing six seasons for the Oilers before being traded to the Canadiens in 2015. 

His father, Dan Petry earned a World Series ring as a member of the Detroit Tigers in 1984.

The Penguins also dealt defenseman John Marino to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Ty Smith and a third-round pick in 2023.

Poehling has 13 goals and nine assists in 85 career NHL games. He was drafted 25th overall by Montreal in 2017.

Marino, 25, had one goal and 24 assists in 81 regular-season games for the Penguins last season and one assist in seven Stanley Cup playoff games. He has five seasons remaining on a six-year, $26.4 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh in 2021.

The 22-year-old Smith, selected by New Jersey in the first round (No. 17) of the 2018 NHL draft, has seven goals and 36 assists) in 114 NHL games.