Could a package deal including Chiarot and Armia take shape?

Published November 18, 2021 at 9:56

With the situation that is currently taking shape with the Montreal Canadiens, it's hard not to believe that Marc Bergevin will go out the side door and that a new conductor will take the baton. Another thing that is becoming more and more apparent: a new "reset" will likely have to take place.

If this picture begins, veterans will have to leave the dressing room, such as Brendan Gallagher, as mentioned earlier by my colleague Keven Mawn, as well as Jeff Petry, Ben Chiarot and Joel Armia.

During the "Des Recrues" segment on the set of TV show JiC, Anthony Martineau and Nicolas Cloutier were asked the question: who would you trade first? Cloutier, for his part, would build a pact that includes Chiarot and Armia.

The young man's point is very valid since, it's a fact, Chiarot and Armia stand out when the level of playoff play gets hot. They remain two exciting bets because of that aspect, especially since Chiarot will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

"I think building a 'package' around Ben Chiarot and Joel Armia, two guys who are fond of playoff hockey, would create an interesting auction between the contending teams."

That's all well and good, it makes a lot of sense, but in the real world, this is not the type of deal that can materialize. Add to that the fact that the Finn's contract, four years and $13.6 million, may be burdensome to many.

That said, it's not crazy, but it's still illogical in today's NHL environment. Although...
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