Imagine Detroit Red Wings fans rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks, or Detroit Lions fans pulling for the Green Bay Packers. Just the notion of such an act is entirely distasteful.
So now you know how supporters of the Montreal Canadiens are feeling at the moment. They find themselves in the untenable position of wishing the best of luck to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s all because of Red Wings defenseman Ben Chiarot.
— Brennan Klak (@nhlupdate) March 17, 2022
At the 2022 NHL trade deadline, the Habs moved Chiarot to Florida for the Panthers 2023 first-round pick. When the Panthers were trailing the Boston Bruins 3-1 in the opening playoff round, that pick was going to be slotting in at No. 17 overall. However, Florida would rally to beat the Bruins in seven games. Currently, the Panthers are up 3-0 on the Leafs in the second round. They’re one win away from the Eastern Conference final.
Should that ticket be punched, the Florida pick under Montreal ownership slides to at best 29th overall. If that happens, look for the Habs to be moving the pick for other assets.
As for Chiarot, Florida was opting not to sign him at the end of last season. He would ink a free-agent pact with the Red Wings.
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Red Wings Offseason
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Florida: Among the many advantages that the Florida Panthers are holding over the Maple Leafs is that they know how will be their Game 4 goalie.
Pittsburgh: Defenseman Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.
Washington: Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Boston: Could Jim Montgomery’s job be in jeopardy after one record-setting season as coach of the Boston Bruins?
Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog, captain of the Colorado Avalanche, discusses the knee ligament replacement surgery that will cost him the entire 2023-24 NHL season.
Calgary Flames: Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar was revealing that there were several verbal altercations this season between Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund and coach Darryl Sutter.
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San Jose: Who should the San Jose Sharks be selecting with the fourth overall pick of the NHL entry draft?