I rag on TVA Sports often, it’s not hard to do so, they give us plenty of reasons to. But they did a good job comparing the contract Jeff Petry received to some recent examples like Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Marc Méthot, Marc Staal and Johnny Boychuk. Jeff Petry’s deal is on par or slightly better value than all of them, or he’s getting it at a younger age, etc.
The only similar contract which is a better deal is Anton Stralman’s. It’s possible his smaller stature and lack of physical involvement depressed his value on the open market.
So we paid market rates for a defenceman who fits in well in the scheme and with his teammates, and whose family chose to live in Montréal after having experienced it. Good deal.
It’s good that we didn’t have to overpay to counteract the high taxes and weather and high-pressure environment, among the usual reasons thought to deter UFA’s from coming here.
And, we didn’t have to wait until he got rebuffed elsewhere, like Mike Cammalleri did in Toronto before accepting Bob Gainey’s offer. Jeff chose to be here, as his agent Don Meehan explained.