Lost in all of the talk recently of alcohol sales likely happening this fall at Michigan State University sporting events.  Your Winged Wheelers, the Detroit Red Wings, have brought a former Spartan back to the mitten state.

Earlier this week, the Red Wings acquired veteran defenseman Jeff Petry (pictured above) from the Montreal Candiens for defenseman Gustav Lindstrom and a 2025 conditional 4th round pick.

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If the last name "Petry" sounds familiar, it should.  Jeff is the son of former MLB and Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry.  And Jeff played his collegiate hockey at Michigan State.

This move should help solidify the top six defensemen for the Wings as they head to training camp next month.  Petry joins a group led by soon-to-be third year man Moritz Seider and veterans Ben Chiarot and Olli Maata.

The Red Wings will inherit the final two years of Petry's contract, which carries a $2.34 million salary cap charge each season.  The Wings currently have 22 players under contract for this coming season.  And are just under $6 million beneath the 2023-24 salary cap.

After leaving Michigan State in 2010 after his junior season, Petry played for the Edmonton Oilers (the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft) from 2010-15.  He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens late in the 2014-15 season, and stayed in Montreal though this past season.

Jeff was then traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer, where he played in 61 games on the Penguins blueline.  He has amassed 353 points in 864 games played in his 14-year NHL career.  Petry will turn 36 years old this coming December.

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