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NHL Trade Rumors: Could Bruins And Habs Be Trade Partners?



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Could the Boston Bruins make their first trade with the Montreal Canadiens since they acquired defenseman Eric Weinrich straight up from the Habs for defenseman Patrick Traverse on February 21, 2001?

All indications are that once new Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and Canadiens executive vice president of hockey operations (and former Bruins GM), Jeff Gorton scout their own team for the next week to two weeks, they could start wheeling and dealing on the NHL trade market as they attempt to stock the last-place Habs with draft picks and prospects. One Canadiens player that is expected to be moved, is six-foot-three, 225-pound, 30-year-old, left-shot defenseman Ben Chiarot. Chiarot is in the final season of a three-year contract that carries a $3.5 million salary-cap hit.

By all accounts, the Boston Bruins have been scouring the NHL trade market for a left-shot, physical defenseman that can play top-four pairing minutes and Chiarot definitely fills that need. In 35 games for the struggling Habs, Chiarot has five goals and three assists and is averaging 23:23 TOI per game. He’s not going rack up the points but as he proved in the Canadiens’ improbable run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, he’s the type of rugged rearguard you need in your top four pairings to win in the playoffs.

“He’s definitely the type of player the Bruins could’ve used in 2019 when they lost to the Blues,” an NHL pro scout pointed out to Boston Hockey Now recently. “I know there’s talk that he may get the Habs a first-round pick at the deadline, but does Hughes want to wait that long and take a chance he gets stuck with him when he’s basically not coming back next season?”

We reported here Monday that the Bruins were actually looking into Dallas Stars right-shot defenseman John Klingberg but as my BHN partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty has pointed out on Twitter and as mentioned above, it’s no secret the B’s would prefer to acquire a left-shot d-man that can eat up minutes and bring a physical edge as well. There are some pretty attractive names out there right now, specifically Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, but as Haggs pointed out a month ago when news broke that Chychrun was available, the asking price for the six-foot-two, 210-pound, 23-year-old Chychrun was high. Well, now it’s even higher according to Sportsnet NHL Insider Jeff Marek.



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According to Marek, the Florida Panthers are also interested in Chychrun but if the Panthers wanted to acquire the 2016 first-round pick on the current NHL trade market, it would likely cost them goalie Spencer Knight, forward Anton Lundell, and a first-round draft pick. One look at the Boston Bruins prospect pool and that’s a hard no-go on the Chychrun to Bruins chances.

So as Bruins GM Don Sweeney continues to try and solidify his blue line on the NHL trade market, it may not hurt to look north to the Bruins’ archrivals and ask Hughes and Gorton if they’d like to pull off a rare Bruins-Habs trade.


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Debrusk, Moore, and a bag of pucks.


Canadiens will get a first round pick for sure or a quality prospect. They won’t have any interest in a reclamation project when virtually every contender will inquire about Chiarot and offer quality back. Leafs gave up a first and third for Foligno who contributed nothing.


If it not a top 15 first. Chiarot will bring in more than a first. Likely a first and third or more likely, a couple grade a prospects.

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The Habs will absolutely receive a first and or prospects even for a rental. Chiarot is a difference maker for a contender and any team who acquires him will love him. He plays tough playoff physical hockey and will contribute offensively as well. He kills penalties and makes life very uncomfortable for anyone who wants to get with 20 feet of the net.

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