According to everyone around the NHL, the asking price for Ben Chiarot is high. The reason for it is because of a unique set of tools that he brings to the table. A 6-foot 3-inches and 234 lbs defenseman who can keep up with today’s pace in the NHL, play a physical and punishing brand of hockey, make good outlet passes and defend while playing big minutes against top opposition is indeed hard to find.
In his most recent article on Sportsnet, Eric Engels spoke to a NHL executive who said:
“They’re asking for a first-round pick and a good prospect,” said one league executive who works for a team very interested in Chiarot’s services. “I don’t know if we can do that, and I think it’s a bit high, but I’d ask for it too. You can say there’s a lot of D-men on the market, but there are none like him. A guy his size who moves really well. A guy who can play 26 minutes in a playoff game. And he just does everything.”
There are said to be many teams interested in Chiarot and the Calgary Flames have been there since the beginning. Many claim that the Tyler Toffoli trade was supposed to be bigger, but they weren’t quite there yet on agreeing on the price. Some speculated that the Flames needed to wait to closer to trade deadline to have more cap space available.
NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun came up with one of his many scoops. He said that the Canadiens are insisting on Jakob Pelletier as part of the return for Chiarot. The Flames are obviously reluctant in doing so. Pelletier was selected by Calgary 26th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The Quebec City native who stands at 5-foot 10-inches and 181 lbs is in his first year in the AHL. As a rookie, he has 46 points (20 goals) in 47 games with the Stockton Heat. He just turned 21 a week ago (March 7th).