Flames trade Sean Monahan to Canadiens to free up spot for Kadri

The Calgary Flames have traded center Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to free up room to sign Nazem Kadri, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

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The 2013 first-round pick played 656 games for the Flames, scoring 212 goals and collecting 462 points during that span. Over the past two seasons, Monahan has struggled with injuries, requiring hip surgeries in 2021 and 2022.

Throughout the 2021-22 season, Monahan played on the fourth line and produced eight goals and 23 points in 65 games — a diminished role for the former sixth overall pick.

His most productive season for the Flames came in the 2018-19 season, when he scored 34 goals and had 82 points in 78 games, making it the only season he eclipsed a point per game.

In 2016, Monahan signed a seven-year, $44.6 million contract with an AAV of $6.375 million. It is expected to become UFA at the end of the 2022-23 season.


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