Montreal Canadiens generl manager Kent Hughes interviews the media on the recent acquisition of Sean Monahan’s health. He suggests it’s the first time for a long time he’ll be well at some point during the season.
Sean Monahan is ready to come back to his best in a new club.
The Montreal Canadiens finalised a trade to take this forward. Who was traded to Calgary Flames. Calgary Flames on Thursday.
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The Canadiens also got an option to select a first-rounder in 2025 under the deal. A deal which opened some cap space and allowed Calgary Flames. Importantly, to sign center Nazem Kadri to a seven-year, $49 million contract.
Calgary received future considerations as part of the transaction.
Over the course of the past two years. In 2021 & 2022, plagued by injuries that required hip surgeries was Monahan.
Following his latest procedure which was in April Monahan has confidence in where he is in the healing process.
“Shall be one of the most important ones for me, i.e. this summer ” Monahan told media via Zoom on Thursday. “I had the operation earlier than the previous year. Hence, which is why I’ve done lots of hours in the summer. In addition to this, at present I’m on the ice every week four times. The process has taken a lengthy time for me to be healthy. Back again playing hockey, i am really thrilled & on top of the world. Especially, happy to play at a higher level. I’m excited to join in the Canadiens.”
After suffering injuries before, Monahan identified the root problems that have affected his playing for a considerable amount of time.
“Gotten many issues resolved, most certainly. That is, some time ago. It was my choice to endure it and eventually it was a snare. Can definitely get it fixed, i.e. the moment. Further, I’m guessing that I should be prioritising my own and getting back on track It’s a wonderful feeling. And as I’ve said, I’m eager to get back to the highest level of hockey again.”
Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes said that the Habs are “not certain” whether the centerman is ready for the start of the season.
“He feels extremely elated to know that this is the first occasion in a long time that he’ll be playing an entire season in good health,” Hughes said. “I do not know if it’s going take place in Game One of this season, or is it likely to be the fourth game of the year. He feels that, even though he’s not 100% percent, but he’s better than he was in for the past few years.”
While he’s not a newcomer to his new team, the Canadiens, Monahan has a certain acquaintance with a handful members of the team as well as his former teammate as well as his current training teammate.
“I had a relationship together with Paul Byron for a couple years in Calgary and I drove him around quite a lot,” said Monahan. “Jake Evans trains with me daily, so I get to see Jake almost every day during the summer … I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (Brendan) Gallagher a few times, but you know what? In essence, the entire group has reached out to me and it seems like they’re an amazing group of people.”
Has been impressed Monahan from the outside only. Especially, by the optimism. Something, he’s observed and experienced from the new members of his team and the organisation.
“You go to work and have enjoyable working,” told the 9-year vet. “All I’ve heard has positive things.”
A first-round selection in 2013, Monahan has played 656 games for the Flames with the Flames, scoring 462 points during that time.
In the 2021-22 season, Monahan was a player in the fourth line and scored eight goals as well as 23 points over 65 games, an under-utilized role for the former sixth-overall selection.
The most prolific season for the Flames was in the season of 2018-19, where his scoring total was 34 and he scores of 82 points over 78 games, this was the only time where he scored more than a point per game.
In 2016 Monahan agreed to a 7-year $44.6 million contract that had AAV $6.375 million. Monahan will be an UFA at the conclusion in the season 2022/23.
“On behalf of whole Flames organization, I would like to sincerely thank Sean for 9 years of unselfish commitment and determination,” Flames GM Brad Treliving stated in an announcement. “Sean was a tremendous Flame and an outstanding person who was a model of respect. To be able to count him, i.e. the City & our team. Importantly, as a teammate, ambassador and part of the community.”