Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin likes to say that championship teams are built at the NHL Draft, not at the NHL Trade Deadline.
For a second year in a row, the success of the Canadiens forced Bergevin to act against that principle on deadline day.
Bergevin traded four draft picks and a prospect to acquire Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry and Buffalo Sabres forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn in three trades Monday, filling a major need on the blue line and shoring up the Canadiens' depth up front.
Last year, Bergevin traded a second-round pick and a prospect to acquire forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders, nabbing the most coveted rental forward on the market minutes before the deadline.
This time, Bergevin traded a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick that reportedly could become a third- or fourth-round pick depending on the Canadiens' success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to acquire Petry, who was one of the most sought after rental defensemen available.
For someone who doesn't believe in the value of moving at the deadline, Bergevin is proving to be quite good at it.
"I'm really happy with our group, what we've done so far this year the first 60-some games, the way we compete, the way we played, where we are in the standings," Bergevin said. "I think it's great for our players first of all and our coaching staff, the way they've done. So I'm proud of them, and [Monday] we brought help."