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Friday Habs Headlines: Ben Chiarot gives Canadiens’ defence a missing element

In today’s links, Ben Chiarot’s size and physicality give the Habs something they’ve been missing on the left side of the blue line, commentary from Montreal and Winnipeg on the Habs’ newest player, and who could opt for arbitration this offseason?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ben Chiarot gives the Habs a missing element on defence, says Eric Engels, but more moves are likely coming. [Sportsnet]
  • Ten things to know about Chiarot. [Journal de Montreal]
  • From March of this year, Chiarot talks about what was then developing into a career year for him. [The Athletic]
  • Winnipeg and Montreal writers weigh in on the Canadiens newest signing. [The Athletic]
  • Marc Dumont looks at the footage to see if Chiarot is the defender that the Canadiens needed. [The Athletic]
  • Joining the Habs is an “unbelievable feeling,” says Chiarot. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Could Chiarot partner Jeff Petry on the second pairing? [Journal de Montreal]
  • Patrick Roy is in favour of Marc Bergevin’s offer sheet gambit to Sebastian Aho. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Marc Methot is apparently weighing retirement. [TSN]
  • Aho aside, the rest of the league’s RFA crop have proven to be as untouchable as ever. [CTV]
  • Who are the top five candidates for player elected arbitration this summer? [The Hockey News]
  • New Toronto Maple Leaf Tyson Barrie is really glad that Alex Kerfoot is with him for the ride. [Sportsnet]
  • The Washington Capitals are only a year away from having to make decisions on Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby’s futures with the club. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Evolving Hockey looks at how their contract model did on day 1 of free agency.
  • The Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, sent St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson a letter following the Blues’ Cup victory.