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Montreal Canadiens announce Ben Chiarot to miss six to eight weeks

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The Canadiens defender underwent surgery for a broken hand.

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens announced that Ben Chiarot will miss six to eight weeks after surgery to repair a broken hand.

Chiarot left Vancouver to return to Montreal for further evaluation after leaving his last game after a fight with J.T. Miller. He has missed the last two games, and will be out for the forseeable future.

The defenceman has one goal and four assists in 25 games this season. Alexander Romanov has taken his spot next to Shea Weber. It remains to be seen whether the team makes a move to replace him.

The team can put him on long term injured reserve, which would allow for his salary to be replaced. The NHL Trade Deadline is April 12. Six to eight weeks would bring us towards the end of the season. The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8.

If Chiarot is to miss exactly six weeks, he would return with seven regular season games remaining.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Ed Harvey at the Montreal General Hospital.