The Habs, after the injury to Carey Price, fell apart and fell out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Petry, 28 years old and signed to a six-year, $33 million deal, had five goals and 16 points to go with a strong 54.5 per cent Corsi For rating at even strength — in 51 games played.
But his season was cut short due to injury. He underwent sports hernia surgery in March and was expected to be out for 12 weeks. But the right-shooting defenseman expressed optimism with how his offseason workouts have progressed, as he looks to enter training camp for the new season in good health.
“After taking a little time off, I got back in the gym in June and jumped right back in as if I didn’t have the surgery,” Petry told the Habs’ website.
“I was actually kind of surprised how strong I was going in terms of lifting. I was lifting more than I did last summer. That was good for me to see, and I was feeling stronger than in previous years. I feel good.”