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A tale of two towers: Ben Chiarot offers a reason to view the Joel Edmundson acquisition positively

“[…] is not an upgrade [on the third pairing].”

“Is [he] better than Karl Alzner?” “No.”

“[…] a bad player on an expensive contract with term.”

No, they’re not talking about Joel Edmundson, recently signed to a four-year, $14 million contract by Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. These comments were made in July, 2019 after the acquisition of Ben Chiarot.

Looking closer, there are so many similarities between Chiarot and Edmundson that one could easily lose track of which player they are talking about. Both signed contracts with identical $3.