Canadiens’ Ben Chiarot on injured reserve, how will that impact a trade?

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Feb 10, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot (8) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Ben Chiarot on injured reserve with a lower-body injury on Sunday. A stint on IR is for at least seven days.

Chiarot, 30, sustained the injury Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Canadiens recalled defenseman Corey Schueneman from the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League in time for Sunday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Ben Chiarot trade timetable

Chiarot’s injury sparked concerns around the organization and talks regarding the timetable for his impending trade.

“Anytime you have a player with as much interest as Chiarot has you worry about (injury),” Elliotte Friedman said. “Among the interested teams are St. Louis, Carolina, the Rangers, Florida, Los Angels and Calgary.”

The steady defenseman can play top four minutes for a contender in the playoffs and should garner the rebuilding Canadiens an excellent package.

In 44 games this season, Chiarot has nine points (five goals, four assists) and 36 penalty minutes. He has played in 459 career games with the Winnipeg Jets (2013-19) and Canadiens, tallying 101 points (27 goals, 74 assists) and 339 PIM.

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Feb 10, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot (8) skates with the puck during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Habs lose to Sabres

Jeff Skinner scored four goals and had an assist in a 5-3 win for the visiting Buffalo Sabres against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Tage Thompson also scored and Craig Anderson made 29 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mike Hoffman, Jeff Petry and Joel Armia scored for the Canadiens, who are 0-8-2 in their past 10 games and winless (0-2-1) in three games under interim coach Martin St. Louis. Sam Montembeault, making his second start in as many days, made 27 saves.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.