According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre Lebrun, the Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets.
The details of the trade have been confirmed. The Canadiens will receive the Jets’ first-round pick in 2024, as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2027.
INSTANT ANALYSIS: Montreal Canadiens Get Elite Value In Sean Monahan Trade(s)
Monahan, 29, signed a one-year contract extension with the Canadiens this summer, hoping to turn his career around and avoid injuries. The centre has managed to do both by scoring 13 goals and 22 assists in 49 games and has managed to stay healthy with the help of a half dozen therapy days rather than practices.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 2, 2024
According to Darren Dreger, the deal will involve the Montreal Canadiens receiving a first-round pick from the Jets, as well as an additional conditional draft pick.
Considering the Canadiens have already received a first-round pick in exchange for taking Monahan’s contract in the first place, it’s only fair to say general manager Kent Hughes navigated the trade waters perfectly.
Trade call between the Jets and Canadiens happening soon. Sean Monahan to the Jets for a 1st and a conditional pick. Excellent asset management by the @candiens_MTL and a very good add by @NHLJets @TSNHockey
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 2, 2024
As explained yesterday, Monahan’s value skyrocketed the moment Elias Lindholm was traded to the Vancouver Canucks from the Calgary Flames.
“With a handful of teams still looking for help down the middle, the Canadiens can now begin to drum up a market for Sean Monahan; who’s performed quite well for the Canadiens.
Yes, 16 of Monahan’s 35 points have come from the powerplay, but that’s to be expected; given that Montreal only has 83 even-strength goals in 49 games (a quarter coming from their defencemen). That ranks as the fourth-lowest output in the NHL at the moment.
Factor in that Monahan has been able to be this productive despite his most common linemates being Josh Anderson, Brendan Gallagher, Jake Evans and Tanner Pearson; and it’s easy to understand why he will be coveted at the NHL Trade Deadline.”