Montreal Canadiens Did Everything Wrong with Promising Defenseman Jarred Tinordi

January 15th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Jarred Tinordi spent just over five years with the Montreal Canadiens. He was acquired as a first-round pick, a prospect so desirable that Montreal traded up to make the selection. He departed in a complex three-way trade involving a bunch of players who had previously cleared waivers.

Some of the fault for his plummeting value lies with the player. The rest lies with the Canadiens.

Oddly enough, Tinordi’s road, both too and from, ran through Arizona. As’s Arpon Basu pointed out shortly after the trade, Tinordi was originally drafted with the Coyotes selection:  

Neither team did particularly well out of that trade.

Montreal got Tinordi and a fourth-round pick, which was expended on the unremarkable Mark MacMillan. The then-Phoenix Coyotes drafted goaltender Mark Visentin and used their second-round pick on Oscar Lindberg. Lindberg was later flipped to the Rangers for the inconsequential Ethan Werek.

The Canadiens were eager to land Tinordi both because of his potential and because he seemed like the kind of player who would be a natural fit on thei ...

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