• Jets Re-Sign Chiarot

    News: Ben Chiarot has re-signed with the Jets on a two-year, $1.7 million contract, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
    Analysis: It's a one-way deal for Ben Chiarot, who would have become a restricted free agent in July had the Jets been unable to negotiate a new deal. The 24-year-old appeared in 40 games as a rookie with the Jets in 2014-15, netting two goals and six assists.
  • Jets' Chiarot In Lineup Wednesday

    News: Ben Chiarot will replace Adam Pardy in Wednesday's Game 4 matchup against Anaheim, Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press reports.
    Analysis: The Jets shuffled one of their defensive lines and will use Ben Chiarot on Wednesday instead of Adam Pardy. Chiarot registered a -1 rating with two penalty minutes in Game 1 of the series.
  • Jets' Chiarot Rejoins Lineup

    News: Ben Chiarot rejoined the Jets' lineup on Monday against Minnesota.
    Analysis: After missing 17 straight games with a broken hand, Ben Chiarot was finally able to return to action on Monday against the Wild. With teammate Toby Enstrom out with an upper-body injury, Chiarot was immediately able to log just under 16 minutes of ice time against Minnesota. Enstrom could return as soon as Thursday against the Avalanche, at which point Jay Harrison may find himself the odd man out on the Jets' blue line.
  • Jets' Chiarot (Hand) Activated From IR

    News: Chiarot (hand) was activated from injured reserve Sunday, Ben Chiarot of 680 CJOB reports.
    Analysis: Ben Chiarot figures to rejoin the lineup for Monday's game in Minnesota, which is an absolute must-win for the Jets. Meanwhile, fellow defenseman Toby Enstrom (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day, so the Jets won't necessarily need to drop Jay Harrison from the lineup. Chiarot has just eight points in 36 games this season, with his last appearance coming back on Feb. 21.
  • Jets' Chiarot Skates, Targeting April 4 Return

    News: Ben Chiarot (hand) was able to skate Thursday morning and appears to be nearing a return to the lineup, 680 CJOB Sports reports.
    Analysis: Coach Paul Maurice said after the session that while it's possible Ben Chiarot could be available for either Sunday or next Tuesday, the Jets are tentatively targeting the April 4 game versus the Canucks for the blueliner's return. Chiarot, who has been sidelined since Feb. 21 with the injury, could see increased contact work in the coming days as he prepares for a chance to reenter the lineup next week.
  • Jets' Chiarot Out Six Weeks

    News: Ben Chiarot, who underwent surgery on his left hand, is expected to be out for about six weeks, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
    Analysis: Per coach Paul Maurice, the Jets are hopeful that Ben Chiarot will "be back toward the end of the regular season." The blueliner has recorded two goals and added six assists, with a plus-five rating over 36 games with the Jets to date.
  • Jets' Chiarot Lands On IR

    News: The Jets placed Ben Chiarot (upper body) on IR on Monday.
    Analysis: Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun relays that Ben Chiarot, who has notched eight points and 22 PIM in 36 games to date, was spotted sporting a cast and sling on Monday, so it looks like the blueliner is probably set to miss extended time.
  • Jets' Chiarot Could Miss Extended Time

    News: Ben Chiarot was spotted wearing a cast and sling at the Jets' practice facility, indicating he could miss extended time, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
    Analysis: The origin of Ben Chiarot's injury is a bit unclear, but it likely occurred during Saturday's contest and could be the result of a fight with the Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik. More information on the blueliner's status is likely forthcoming, which should provide a more concrete timetable.
  • Jets' Chiarot Gets Assist In Loss

    News: Ben Chiarot recorded an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Canucks.
    Analysis: Ben Chiarot set up Blake Wheeler's first-period goal to stake the Jets to a short-lived 1-0 lead. The 23-year-old had been holding down a spot on the Jets' top pairing with Dustin Byfuglien upon being recalled from the minors in early December, but he's since seen more of a diminished role with the team getting healthier on the blue line. Chiarot has a goal, six assists, and a plus-5 rating over 28 games this season.
  • Jets' Chiarot's Game Lifted By Byfuglien

    News: Ben Chiarot has, without a doubt, been impressive since being called up from AHL St. John's on Dec. 2. However, the young defender attributes a lot of his success to playing on the Jets' top defensive pairing with Dustin Byfuglien.
    Analysis: On Monday, when asked about getting a chance to play with Byfuglien on Winnipeg's top defensive pair, Ben Chiarot said "He's been a real calming influence for me, especially those first few games. And I just try to learn from him, hear what he has to say. We've got a nice chemistry going." While Chiarot is by no means lighting up the score sheet, he is maturing into a solid and reliable defender. However, after scoring his first NHL goal on Saturday against the Maple Leafs, it is clear that Chiarot's confidence is continuing to grow. In the 15 games he's played with the Jets this season, Chiarot has seen more than 20 minutes of ice time in five games and is averaging nearly 19 minutes per game. As Chiarot's confidence, and his chemistry with Byfuglien continue to mature, it's likely he'll begin to round into an offensive contributor, as well as a solid defender.