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Instant Analysis: Canadiens Get Fantastic Value In Monahan Deals

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Montreal Canadiens Kent Hughes

The Montreal Canadiens made waves on Friday morning by trading veteran Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets.

According to Elliotte Friedman, the return will be a first-round pick (WPG-2024) as well as a conditional third-round pick (WPG-2027).

When the Canadiens originally acquired Monahan from the Calgary Flames they also secured a first-round pick because Monahan was considered a salary cap dump by the team that drafted him.

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Now that he has had an opportunity to find his rhythm, the Canadiens have turned that cap dump into yet another first-round pick, which has to be considered masterful work by general manager Kent Hughes.

Montreal did not retain any salary in the deal, making it an even sweeter return.

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The Montreal Canadiens can thank the Vancouver Canucks, who acquired centre Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames earlier this week. The Flames received a pair of decent prospects, but more importantly, they also secured a first-round pick.

That set the market rather high, and considering Monahan was one of the few centres available, his value immediately skyrocketed.

And with the help of another Canadian team, the Jets, Hughes has managed to extract two high-quality assets from a player who held little to no value just a few seasons ago.

The draft picks will be late in the first round, which mitigates their value, but first-round picks are still among the most coveted assets in the NHL.

The trade doesn’t necessarily put an end to the Monahan saga, either. Given that he’s an unrestricted agent this summer, the Habs will have a chance to entice the centre to re-sign with the team that gave his career a much-needed boost.

Of course, the Jets may also be interested in signing Monahan to an extension, which explains why the deal was made earlier than expected. It gives Winnipeg a longer run with Monahan in the lineup, and it also gives them an opportunity to show him that playing in Winnipeg is the right move for his career.

But any way you cut it, this was a masterclass by Hughes.

He did not strengthen any of his rival teams, he did not retain any salary, which means there’s still a precious salary retention spot available, and of course, he added a key asset to a team that needs to find elite talent. For the most part, those elite forwards are found in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

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Ghg55

Awesome. Love it. What a fantastic little saga by Hughes here.

morrisk

Really? Am I the ONLY one missing something here???

From Above:

The Montreal Canadiens can thank the Vancouver Canucks, who acquired centre Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames earlier this week. The Flames received a pair of decent prospects, but more importantly, they also secured a first-round pick. That set the market rather high, and considering Monahan was one of the few centres available, his value immediately skyrocketed.

The Habs got WAY less than Calgary got for that trade. A first rd pick from the best team in the West = about pick #28-32. Then a CONDITIONAL pick – a 3RD RD PICK, in 2027?!?! If the market was set so high, why did the Habs get what appears to be an insufficient return on the next best center available?

He had to be traded just 3 days after Elias was traded? Hugo couldn’t wait a few more days to see if a bidding war ensued? The minimum I would have taken was a 1st, a 3rd (in the 2024 draft) and a prospect – nothing less. Somebody would have paid up for that…

Yet another head scratching move by Hughes. Another Toffoli fleece. Speaking of that, now we can again use this very late 1st rd pick obtained from a trade we lost and trade it away for a “project” like Newhook…

Yikes, we are going forward in reverse.

Last edited 19 days ago by morrisk
Rouge Dog

Hey Morrisk,
Don’t lose your chit! Hughs has done a great job identifying talent that has been ignored or has not had a chance to bloom on other teams. A draft pick is always a gamble ie; Daigle, Wickeniser etc.
A lot of great players have been drafted in the late 1st rd or even farther back! Do some research!!
More risk seems to go against you beliefs
Maybe we should call you “no morrisk”
As if there ever was a sure thing in life other than death n taxes.

Pierre B.

You are not alone to be disappointed. But Hughes did not want to wait. He considered that whatever more he would get by waiting was not worth it. For one, there’s a risk of Monahan re-injuring himself ahead of the trade deadline and be worth far less if not nothing as a trade bait. Then, there’s also the “tank” factor. While Hughes would draft 7th today, merely 4 points separate the CH from teams in the 6th to 15th range. Without Monahan, the probability that the Canadiens climb in the standings drops dramatically.

Last edited 19 days ago by Pierre B.
Pierre B.

The condition for the 2027 3rd-round pick is Winnipeg winning the Stanley Cup. But for the 1st-round pick, two of the Jets’ division rivals are close to them in the standings, if they do not make it out of their division in the playoffs, the value of this pick will improve.

habs4ever

Hi Morrisk. I can answer your first question. Yes.

Scott Taylor

No your not the only one that doesn’t get it. I think if they held out longer seeing as Monahan was one of few available they could have got more. Wpg once again comes out laughing in this one!