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Major Scoop Regarding the Future of Sean Monahan in Montreal

Published December 26, 2023 at 5:11 PM

At the beginning of the season, many fans expected Montreal Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes to trade Sean Monahan by the trade deadline. After all, several experts had stated that this was the organization's initial plan last year, had it not been for his injury which prematurely ended his season.

However, the absences of Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook prove how indispensable the veteran has become in Martin St-Louis' lineup. Indeed, number 91 excels in all facets of the game, capable of fulfilling both offensive and defensive roles. Additionally, he has made a significant contribution, accumulating 9 goals and 11 assists (20 points) in 33 games so far this season.

Quietly, the forward is heading towards the 50-point mark if he can maintain his current pace throughout the campaign. This is all the more impressive considering that he has mainly played with players like Brendan Gallagher, Tanner Pearson, Josh Anderson, and Jake Evans. Imagine if Dach and Newhook were healthy, his offensive production would surely be much higher.

Certainly, the Canadiens could have a dominant top-6 if the forward returns next season. On this topic, during his appearance on the podcast "La Poche Bleue Blanc Rouge," André Roy made a significant revelation regarding Sean Monahan's future in Montreal. He firmly believes that the former Calgary Flames player wants to stay with the organization, even if the team does not aspire to win the Stanley Cup in 2024-2025.

"Monahan seems to want to stay. We wondered if he wanted to win a Stanley Cup, but I think he likes Montreal and the team he's with. I wouldn't be surprised if he stays with the Montreal Canadiens, but it's certain he will be a coveted player [on the trade market]." - André Roy

Moreover, according to recent information shared by David Pagnotta, Kent Hughes would be inclined to begin discussions regarding a possible contract extension. Therefore, we could witness a major turnaround in this case, and Sean Monahan might indeed be back with the Montreal team next year.

However, earning just under two million dollars this season, it would not be surprising if several general managers seek to acquire him by next March 8. A player with extensive experience and capable of playing both on the power play and penalty kill will be worth his weight in gold at the trade deadline.

Will Kent Hughes be tempted to trade him to obtain a substantial return, or will he want to offer him a contract extension to keep him within the organization? This will undoubtedly be a situation to watch closely.

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Major Scoop Regarding the Future of Sean Monahan in Montreal

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