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NHL Rumors: Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot (8) attempts to knock the puck out of the air as Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) watches during a NHL game between Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on November 14, 2021, at TD Garden in Boston, MA. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Wednesday edition of NHL Rumors covers the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, and Los Angeles Kings. Let’s dig right in.

NHL Rumors

Montreal Canadiens – Ben Chiarot

Rumor: Per Mitch Gallo – montrealhockeynow.com. The Montreal Canadiens don’t have a ton a maneuverability. Their roster is made up of players with long-term contracts or little trade value. But defenseman Ben Chiarot is on an expiring contract and will be a big chip.

Analysis: There are four possible teams who could be interested in the services of Chiarot. The New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Colorado Avalanche. All four teams could really use a defenseman with playoff experience like Chiarot.

It may become what the return will be that determines if the Habs move Chiarot or not. He has 225 blocks and 275 hits in 130 games in Montreal. While offense isn’t his forte, with just 14 goals and 19 assists, he can still be a valuable asset to acquire before the playoffs. Will a second round draft pick do it?

Keep track of NHL rumors right here to see who wins the Chiarot sweepstakes.

Vancouver Canucks – J.T. Miller, Brock Boeser

Rumor: Per Lyle Richardson – spectorsockey.com. Will the struggling Vancouver Canucks think about trading J.T. Miller and/or Brock Boeser? Well, the Minnesota Wild already contacted the Canucks about Miller.

Analysis: Hockey insider Elliotte Friedman discussed the Vancouver situation on the Jeff Marek podcast. With the Minnesota Wild already contacting Vancouver on Miller, it makes one wonder when things will go down. The Wild could return either Jordan Greenway or Kevin Fiala, both of whom are on expiring contracts.

Fiala’s contract comes in at $5.1 million, while Miller’s is $5.25 million. Boeser, who has been rumored to be moved before has a $5.875 million deal.

While the recent press conference with general manager Jim Benning gave no pressing details of how to turn things around, something needs to happen here. Will the coach go? Will the GM go? Or will there be a trade to help improve the team’s fortunes? NHL rumors are flying in Vancouver!

Los Angeles Kings – Gabriel Vilardi

Rumor: Per Lyle Richardson – spectorshockey.com. Should the Los Angeles Kings fall out of playoff contention, they could consider moving forward Gabriel Vilardi. He was recently demoted to the AHL.

Analysis: Lisa Dillman of The Athletic speculated that the Arizona Coyotes could be a good landing spot if the Kings decide to move on from him. Dillman said, “The Coyotes loaded up on draft choices in the past 12 months, trading away NHLer after NHLer in order to bank draft capital going forward. Eventually, though, you need someone to play on your NHL team — and Vilardi could play far higher up the depth chart in Arizona than he ever could in Los Angeles. Arizona has some draft capital that it could theoretically spend — the Kings traded away a second-rounder in 2021 and a third-rounder in 2022 for Arvidsson. Moving Vilardi could help them recoup some of the draft choices they’ve traded away.”

While the Coyotes look to be able to obtain a really outstanding prospect from the 2022 draft, they still will need to fill roster spots since they have 14 UFA’s and eight RFA’s on their 2022-23 roster. Vilardi can be expendable due to the Kings acquiring experienced forwards like Phillip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson recently.

That makes it much easier for Vilardi to crack the Coyotes’ lineup than that of the Kings. We shall see.

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