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Sean Monahan trade salary contract rumors, db stats 8 ball injury update

In a trade with the Flames, the Canadiens got Sean Monahan and a conditional first-round pick in 2025.

To sign Nazem Kadri, the Flames had to make room in their salary cap.

Since the Calgary Flames gave Nazem Kadri a seven-year deal, they needed to make room on their salary cap. They were able to do this by giving the Montreal Canadiens center Sean Monahan and a conditional first-round pick in 2025, the team said Thursday.

Sean Monahan
Sean Monahan

Monahan has one year left on his contract, and his average annual salary is $6.375 million. The Flames had to pay to get rid of that cap hit. Calgary got things in the future in exchange for Monahan and the first-round pick.

Monahan was the No. 6 pick in the NHL Draft in 2013. As a rookie, he scored 22 goals, and over the next five years, he got better. Monahan scored a total of 182 goals in his first six years with the Flames. He scored a career-high 34 goals in the 2018-19 season. But Monahan's injuries have kept him from playing at that level for the past three seasons.

Monahan's last 20-goal season was in 2019-20, when he scored 22 times. Since then, he has really dropped off a cliff as a player. Monahan's role was cut back a lot last season, and he only scored eight goals in 65 games before hip surgery cut his season short.

Monahan is still a good depth player, especially on defense, but he is no longer the offensive threat he used to be.

For the Canadiens, who are still in the process of rebuilding, it will be worth a shot to take the first-round pick and see if Monahan's offensive production improves with a change of scenery. If not, Monahan will be a free agent next summer, and Montreal won't have to worry about any long-term commitments.

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