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Another Jet takes off: Ben Chiarot signs 3-year deal with Montreal Canadiens

Ben Chiarot is the fifth high-profile Winnipeg Jets player to move to a new team this off-season, joining Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers, Brandon Tanev and Kevin Hayes.

28-year-old Hamilton native had career-high 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) last season

Ben Chiarot, seen in a file photo from the Winnipeg Jets' year-end news conference in April 2019, is moving on to the Montreal Canadiens. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

Ben Chiarot is saying au revoir to the Winnipeg Jets.

The defenceman, who played six seasons for the NHL's Jets, has signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal has an average annual value of $3.5 million US.

He is the fifth big name to leave the Jets this off-season. Fellow defenceman Tyler Myers (Vancouver Canucks) and forward Brandon Tanev (Pittsburgh Penguins) found new teams through free agency, while defenceman Jacob Trouba was traded to the New York Rangers.

The Jets also traded forward Kevin Hayes to the Philadelphia Flyers in early June.

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Chiarot — who was born in Hamilton — had a career-high 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and 62 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Jets last season.

He also ranked second on the team for blocked shots, with 139, and third for hits, with 171.

Ben Chiarot, middle, celebrates his goal with teammates Bryan Little and Joe Morrow during a game against the Detroit Red Wings. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

Chiarot, 28, has 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) in 305 career regular-season games, all with Winnipeg.

"[He] is a very reliable defenceman and a solid player who will fill a need for our club," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

"He is the type of player who can play some big minutes and be used in different situations. We are convinced he will improve our defensive group."

With files from The Canadian Press

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