Habs sign Petry to a six-year, $33 million extension

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The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with defenseman Jeff Petry the club announced on Tuesday.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $33 million with an annual average value of $5.5 million.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports the deal also includes a partial no-trade clause.

“We are very happy that Jeff has agreed to remain with the Montreal Canadiens for the next six seasons,”said general manager Marc Bergevin in a statement. “To re-sign him to a new contract was one of our main off-season priorities.

“Jeff showed a tremendous will to commit to the Canadiens and stay in Montreal. He is a solid defenseman with speed and size who acquired valuable playoff experience this year. Jeff is a very good fit within our group of defensemen and his presence gives us a lot of depth at this position.”

Petry, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers, had three goals and seven points in 19 regular season games for the Habs while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.

The 27-year-old added two goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.

Following the Habs’ second round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Petry expressed his desire to remain in Montreal saying it was his first choice.

Petry would’ve become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career next month as his one-year $3.075 million deal was set to expire.