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Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi hits former Toronto Maple Leaf Mikhail Grabovski.
Defenseman Jarred Tinordi has a decent chance to make the Habs' final roster out of training camp relative to Hudon and McCarron, but a lot needs to go right for that to happen, namely injuries to a couple of the dozens and dozens of defensemen above him on the team’s depth chart.
It may not be politically correct to hope for injuries, but facts are facts—even if that dozens and dozens bit is slightly exaggerated.
After earning ice time in all of the Habs’ five playoff games against the Ottawa Senators this past spring, Tinordi was rewarded by the team with a contract offer...first to Davis Drewiske and then to Douglas Murray.
It's almost as if during one of those playoff games, Tinordi spit in golden boy Carey Price's coffee or something. Weird.
While Drewiske is little more than an insurance policy, Murray was brought in to, in part, make up for Alexei Emelin’s absence for the first few months of the season. At 6’3”, 240 pounds, Murray, after all, has built up a solid reputation for being one of the league’s hardest hitters.
However, Murray is 33 and known to be a bit slow-footed. Considering Tinordi is about as big at 6’6”, 227 pounds (without the same mileage as Murray), he was thought to be a safe bet to at least be given a shot to fill the same void.
However, with the Drewiske and Murray signings, the Habs now have seven NHL-caliber defensemen in camp (not including Emelin).
Tinordi can still theoretically make the team, but he’ll have to impress the Habs further, to the point of them not being able to justify leaving him off it (or, again, to the point of him injuring everyone in his way).
While it’s safe to assume he won’t take it that far (although, he could be paying Hudon to do his dirty work), watching how he deals with being prematurely and nonsensically written off makes for quite the intriguing storyline.