Ty Smilanic is playing the 2022-23 season with the Wisconsin Badgers

Before the trading deadline, almost everyone knew that Ben Chiarot would be traded. After all, the defender’s contract expires at the end of the season and considering his high value and the fact that CH would be in vain, keeping him in Montreal made little sense.

If he really wants to re-sign in Montreal (which I don’t think) he has to do it this summer.

And in return, the CH won a nice jackpot that included young forward Ty Smilanic, a little-known hopeful as he played for Quinnipiac University but was well liked by Kent Hughes.

A few weeks ago, my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois reported to you that Smilanic entered the transfer portal with the aim of changing teams for the 2022/23 season. However, he would have made his choice now: Smilanic will play for the Wisconsin Badgers next year.

In Montreal, the Badgers are quickly associated with Cole Caufield, who spent his entire college career there. With them he won his Hobey Baker Trophy last season and we are still talking about a program that has enjoyed a good reputation for a number of years.

And I think it has a lot to do with Tony Granato, the head coach of the Badgers men’s hockey team. After a great playing career in the NHL, Granato has been leading the Badgers’ hockey program for a number of years and I think is an excellent coach.

In particular, I said a few weeks ago that I believe Granato played an even bigger role than Martin St-Louis (who had an important role, don’t get me wrong) in reviving Caufield this season.

Granato really seems able to get the best out of his players and I think he’ll be able to do the same with Smilanic. Not from there to make a copy of Caufield, but I believe Smilanic can go to the next level this season.

So I want to tell you that seeing Smilanic join the Badgers is great news: we just have to see what he can do next season in his new uniform.


– Completed series for Casey DeSmith. Hit the penguins.

– The spicy pork of Louis Domingue reminded Philippe Cantin of an anecdote about John Garrett, Michel Bergeron and a hot dog. [Go Habs Go]

– Rasmus Kupari is expected to replace Quinton Byfield in the Kings squad tonight.

– Good news for the Mets.

– A new player joins the Alliance de Montréal.

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