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What Will Happen With Jarred Tinordi?

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We are now in the middle of July and the roster of the Montreal Canadiens is almost set for the upcoming season following the re-signing of RFA Michael Bournival on Tuesday. With only $6,791,667 remaining under the salary cap to re-sign RFAs Alex Galchenyuk and Jarred Tinordi, Habs GM Marc Bergevin will be hard press to find extra money to acquire another player via trade or sign a free agent.

As for the 23-year-old Tinordi, he will have a hard time to find playing time with the big club next season, following a disappointing campaign in 2014-15. With Andrei Markov, PK Subban, Alexei Emelin, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu, Tom Gilbert and Greg Pateryn all in front of him on the depth chart, and former Tampa Bay Lightning, Mark Barberio, pushing him for playing time on the left side, the future of the hulking defenseman is cloudier than ever.

The problem for the 6’6”, 220-lb, rearguard is that his development regressed over the last 12 months and other youngsters, namely Beaulieu and Pateryn, took advantage to pass him on the depth chart and land one-way contracts in the process. The NHL is a game of numbers, and 23 is the number of players an NHL team can keep on its roster. This will be a problem for “Tinner” as he will have to go through waivers to be sent down to the team’s AHL affiliate, the St. John’s Ice Caps.

You can bet that he would be claimed off waivers should the Habs decide to send him down, which will definitely not happen.

Over the past three campaigns, the Minnesota native shuttled between Hamilton and Montreal, playing a combined 53 games with the Canadiens (0 G, 6 A, 51 PIM) and 158 games with the Bulldogs (6 G, 23 A, 177 PIM), failing to find his niche with the Bleu Blanc Rouge.

Tinordi is capable of the best as shown below:

The problem is that Tinordi is prone to mental mistakes and turnovers, which explains in part his struggles to adapt well to the NHL. The smooth-skating Tinordi is a physical and bruising defenseman who has all the tools to become a successful NHL player in a near future. Tinordi lacks the confidence to control the pace of the game in his own zone and make a crisp first pass to start the attack. Currently too good the play in the AHL, Tinordi will play in the NHL in 2015-16, but right now, we just don’t know where.

Will Marc Bergevin trade Tinordi as part of a package deal to land that famous top-six winger the team so desperately needs? Or will Bergevin trade another defenseman such as Alexei Emelin or Tom Gilbert to make room for him on the 23-man roster?

With Nathan Beaulieu signing a two-year deal worth $1 million annually and Greg Pateryn inking a two-year deal worth $800,000 annually, effective in 2016-17, we can expect Tinordi to sign a two-year pact worth around $900,000/year.

That being said, I think Jarred Tinordi will play for another NHL team as his father Mark, a former NHL rearguard, has been pushing for a trade because he believes that his son, a former first-round draft choice in 2010, is ready to turn pro permanently.

UPDATE: The Canadiens have re-signed Jarred Tinordi to a one-year, two-way contract earlier today.

Stay tuned to see what happens with Jarred!


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