The latest big Montreal Canadiens trade has dropped – with reports of Ben Chiarot being sent out of town.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Wednesday evening that Chiarot was sent in a trade to the Florida Panthers.
Sounds like Ben Chiarot to FLA
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 16, 2022
About 15 minutes later, the Canadiens officially announced the trade, stating that the return would include a 2023 first-round pick and a 2022 fourth round pick along with prospect Tyler Smilanic.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 17, 2022
In 38 games with Quinnipiac University this season, the 20-year old forward has put up 13 goals and nine assists.
Chiarot had been sat out of the Canadiens lineup this week in anticipation of a trade. He had spent the past three seasons in Montreal after three years in Winnipeg.
Ben Chiarot, acquired by FLA, is a physical defenceman who was asked to do far to much in Montréal this season. Loves to battle along the boards and in front of the net, chases hits, and takes a lot of minor penalties. #TimetoHunt pic.twitter.com/bXjzSOjTnE
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) March 17, 2022
Chiarot has seven goals, 11 assists, and a plus-minus of -18 in 54 games this season. A key cog of the Canadiens’ run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, Chiarot was averaging 23:33 of ice time. His contract carries a cap hit of $3.5 million, and is set to expire after this season. Montreal is reportedly retaining 50% of Chiarot’s salary.
It’s the second big move of the Kent Hughes era, after sending Tyler Toffoli to Calgary in a trade last month.
The NHL trade deadline is set for next Monday, March 21.
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