Habs opt to scratch Ben Chiarot with NHL Trade Deadline 6 days away

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Montreal Canadiens will have defenseman Ben Chiarot sit out Tuesday’s game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes due to a “management decision,” head coach Martin St. Louis announced.

The decision comes with the NHL trade deadline looming just six days away.

Chiarot, 30, landed on IR with a lower-body issue back in mid-February which caused some speculation that Montreal would simply leave him out until a trade was done. He was back in action 7 days later in a win over the NY Islanders.

Ben Chiarot scratched due to management decision

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Mar 3, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot (8) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The pending unrestricted free agent has recorded 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 54 games this season.

“You name a playoff contender; I believe they’ve phoned. The likes of Florida, Boston, the New York Rangers, St. Louis, among others. The Flames could circle back on Chiarot at some point,” Pierre LeBrun said on Insider Trading.

TSN reported the Calgary Flames are once again looking into acquiring Chiarot. The Flames were unsuccessful in their first attempt on Feb. 14 when they secured the services of Tyler Toffoli from the Canadiens.

Elliotte Friedman also mentioned movement on Chiarot during Saturday’s HNIC broadcast. He named just the St. Louis Blues as the landing spot.

The rumored asking price starts with a first round pick and another prospect.

The Daily Goal Horn predicts that Chiarot will land with the St. Louis Blues. Real all our predictions here.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.