The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to move veteran forwards as the season progresses, and Sean Monahan’s name is already being linked to potential suitors.
NHL insider Pierre Lebrun went over the list of centres that are likely to be available this trade deadline, and Monahan figured among them.
Specifically as it pertained to the Colorado Avalanche, who, among a few other teams, will be in the market for a second-line centre, Monahan seemed to fit the bill as a potential option down the road.
“A healthy Sean Monahan (also a pending UFA) from Montreal could be another option for Colorado,” said Lebrun when discussing some of the options available to the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
Jonathan Toews and Ryan O’Reilly were also mentioned as potential suitors for the Avalanche, should they look to look to fill the need for a second-line centre.
Monahan is an interesting piece and likely to be among the most coveted centres come trade deadline.
He’s currently being tasked with holding down a make-shift third line with an ever-changing cast of linemates, and still maintains some of the best underlying numbers on the team.
Monahan also has a unique combination of offensive ability, offensive prowess and dominance in the faceoff circle that will come in handy in the playoffs, especially now that he’s at full health.
Until then, the Montreal Canadiens will continue looking to build up a market for their veteran players, which also includes Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Drouin, amongst others.
Should Monahan continue to play as well as he has, while maintaining his strong underlying numbers, he may indeed be the needed piece for Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes to acquire a third 1st round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
The next few weeks will go a long way in determining his true worth on the market, but interest in his services will likely be high, given his full bill of health.