With the NHL Trade Deadline a week away, could the Montreal Canadiens be close to finally trading defenceman Ben Chiarot?
In his regular Monday morning segment on TSN 690, TSN Insider Darren Dreger reported that there was plenty of NHL trade chatter regarding Chiarot and other Canadiens players on the market, with a general sense that a trade would take place over the weekend.
“The Montreal Canadiens have to feel like they’re getting closer,” said Dreger, who also appeared on the Montreal Hockey Now Podcast (below), this past Friday. ” I checked with my Canadien sources, and there was what was described as a considerable uptick in interest in Chiarot and other pieces as well. There was a sense this weekend that something could go down. At this point, one quick phone call could close the deal.”
The NHL trade market for defenceman lost one of its big fish in Dallas Stars rearguard John Klingberg was pulled off the market this past week as reported by Sportsnet Insider Jeff Marek on Hockey Night In Canada this past Saturday. That same night, the most-coveted defenceman on the trade market, Arizona Coyotes defenceman Jakub Chychrun suffered a knee injury in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins and was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
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As MHN Habs beat reporter Marco D’Amico pointed out Sunday, the Klingberg news and the impending results of the Jakub Chychrun MRI are causing a shift on the defenceman market, therefore likely opening up the floodgates for a Chiarot trade sooner rather than later.
Montreal Hockey Now has confirmed that the St. Louis Blues, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers all have interest in Chiarot.