Sean Monahan

The Flames were able to sign centre Nazem Kadri to a seven-year, $49 million contract by trading some of their salary cap space to the Canadiens, who in return received a conditional first-round pick in 2025. The arrangement resulted in Calgary receiving something of value in the future.

Monahan has had trouble staying healthy over the previous two seasons, undergoing hip surgery in 2021 and ’22. This is a favourable point in Monahan’s recovery from April’s surgery, and he is optimistic about his prognosis.

“I think this summer is a big one for me,” Monahan said to the media on Thursday through Zoom. A lot of hard work has gone into this summer, and I’m back on the ice four times a week after having surgery sooner than I did the year before. I’ve been waiting a long time to be healthy enough to play at a high level again, so I’m thrilled to be joining the Canadiens and to get the chance to do so.

Although he has battled through ailments in the past, Monahan has recently addressed the underlying concerns that have hindered his performance for a long time.

“It was my own choice to play through it, and it finally took its toll; I could have gotten these things corrected a long time ago. Fixing it and putting myself first, putting myself back together, feels great, and I can’t wait to get back to playing elite hockey.

Monahan, a first-round pick for the Flames in 2013, has played 656 games for them, tallying 212 goals and 462 points.

In 2021-22, Monahan, while being a former sixth-overall choice, saw his ice time reduced to that of a fourth-line forward, where he scored eight goals and added 23 points in 65 contests.

The 2018–19 season was his most prolific with the Flames, as he scored 34 goals and accumulated 82 points in 78 games. This was the only season in which he averaged more than a point per game.

Monahan signed a $70-million (£44.6-million) deal in 2016, with an annual average value (AAV) of $6.375 million. At the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, he will be a free agent.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving released a statement thanking Sean for his “selfless dedication and perseverance” throughout the course of nine years with the team. With great pride, I say, “Sean was a great Flame, a first-rate human being who personified the very essence of honour. We were lucky to have him as a player, a representative, and a citizen of our team and city.

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Career

In the final rankings released by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and International Scouting Services, respectively, Monahan was ranked as the fifth-best North American skater and the ninth-best prospect, respectively, for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The coaches in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) gave Monahan excellent marks for his hockey IQ, playmaking and stickhandling skills, and faceoff prowess when evaluating draught prospects for the OHL.

The Calgary Flames selected him 6th overall in the first round. The 18-year-old centre was sure he was ready to start playing in the NHL as soon as he was picked. To kick off the 2013–14 season, he debuted in the NHL for the Calgary Flames on October 3, 2013, against the Washington Capitals after making the team’s opening night roster.

Although the team ultimately lost in a shootout, 5-4, Monahan recorded his first career point by assisting on a goal by David Jones. On the next night, the Columbus Blue Jackets won 4-3 thanks to his first NHL goal, scored against goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

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Monahan scored six goals in his first nine games for Calgary, sealing his roster position despite the fact that he could have returned to junior without jeopardising his NHL contract.

By doing so, he joined the Flames as a regular roster member, becoming the only junior-eligible player to do so in 33 years, following Kevin LaVallee. In a late-season loss to the Ottawa Senators, Monahan scored his 20th goal, making him the first rookie for the Flames to score 20 goals since Dion Phaneuf in 2005-06 and the first rookie forward to do it since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97.

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