Canadiens Sign Ben Chiarot for 3 Years

Ben Chiarot

The Canadiens added to their defense group with the signing of Ben Chiarot. (Photo: NHL)

Earlier today, the Canadiens announced that they signed left-handed defenseman Ben Chiarot to a 3-year, $10.5M contract.‬

He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 4th round in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Chiarot played in the AHL for the 2009-10 season and signed his entry-level contract with the Thrashers in 2011. Fast-forward to 2014, he signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets and played with them until last season.

In 305 NHL regular-season games with the Jets, he tallied 12 goals and 52 assists over five seasons. He’s actually coming off his most offensive season yet; in 78 games, he scored 5 goals and registered 15 assists. In the playoffs, he played a total of 24 games, registering 3 assists.

As you can tell by his statistics, he isn’t known for his offensive skills. However, he is a big guy standing tall at 6’3″, who is capable of getting in lanes and blocking shots.

The Habs were looking to fill their void on the left and, so far, they think they might have found their guy. As he spoke to the media, he said that playing with Jeff Petry would be a good fit since Petry does like to join in on the rush and he’s more of a stay-at-home kind of player. Nevertheless, it’s still too early to know with whom he’ll be paired with as we are only in July.

Ben Chiarot

Chiarot is a welcomed addition to Montreal. (Photo: Jonathan Kozub, Getty Images)

What we do know is that Chiarot is ready to be a Hab; he reportedly turned down 4 years with the Jets for 3 years in Montreal: “I like the opportunity in Montreal. It’s unfortunate that things couldn’t work out in Winnipeg, but the opportunity to play for the Montreal Canadiens and being in a city like that, on a team that’s fast and up and coming, was hard to turn down.” He continued: “You know what, the Bell Centre has been my favourite place to play since I came into the NHL. For me, it’s unlike playing in any other building in the League. Playing in Montreal on a Saturday night is something special and there’s nothing better than that in hockey. To get to experience that every week now is a dream come true.”

Something else we know: he won’t be wearing his usual #7 since that number has been retired for Howie Morenz. He’ll now be wearing #8, which was vacant with Jordie Benn’s departure.

Welcome to Montreal, Ben Chiarot.

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