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Insider Drops a Bombshell on Sean Monahan's Future in Montreal: Kent Hughes May Be on the Verge of Making a Massive Mistake

Published December 19, 2023 at 9:15
BY AARON

Even though the NHL trade deadline is still some time away, the weeks are adding up in the season, and we are about ten days away from the new year.

For the Montreal Canadiens, the closer we get to March 8, the more the Sean Monahan case will gain significance, as he will become a free agent at the end of this campaign.

The 29-year-old veteran is having a good offensive season with the Canadiens, and there is no doubt that the interest from other NHL teams in his services will be very strong.

In addition to totaling nine goals and 19 points in 31 games, Monahan brings many intangibles to a team aiming for a championship, like his excellent leadership. Moreover, being a versatile forward who can play both center and wing, he is effective in faceoff circles and solid in the defensive zone.


In short, he is the kind of highly sought-after addition that normally commands a high price at the trade deadline.

Despite his high market value, Kent Hughes might have other plans for his player. According to what was reported by insider David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Canadiens are interested in discussing a contract extension with Monahan, and such conversations are expected to start after the new year.

" Among their pending UFAs, the Canadiens are interested in discussing a contract extension with Monahan and his camp, and these conversations could take place after the new year. - David Pagnotta"

The fate of Monahan with the CH could therefore possibly hinge on the salary expectations of number 91.

What we have observed with the history of contract negotiations by Hughes is that he always sets benchmarks to respect, and if he is not able to meet them, a divorce between the two parties can be expected.

Everything could depend on the duration or the annual salary of the player. If Monahan demands a deal of more than 4 years at more than $4M per season, I find it hard to believe that Hughes will agree to bend to his demands.

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Insider Drops a Bombshell on Sean Monahan's Future in Montreal: Kent Hughes May Be on the Verge of Making a Massive Mistake

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