On Wednesday night, Montreal general manager Kent Hughes traded the veteran defenceman to the Florida Panthers for 20-year-old forward prospect Tyler Smilanic, a 1st-round pick in 2023, and a 4th-round pick in 2022. The Canadiens will be retaining half of Chiarot’s salary this season.

Chiarot, 30, is in the final season of a three-year, US$10.5-million contract with a $3.5 million salary-cap hit and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. In 54 games with the Canadiens this season, the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder had 7-11-18 totals and was minus-18 while averaging a team-high 23:33 of ice time. In his last nine games, Chiarot had 2-7-9 totals and was plus-8.

The Canadiens made Chiarot a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre, wanting to protect him from getting injured ahead of the trade deadline.

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