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Montreal CAnadiens forward Sean Monahan

Have a look at all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on a very busy Friday in the NHL.

Habs News

  • The Montreal Canadiens did not wait long to make their move following the trade that saw Elias Lindholm make his way to the Vancouver Canucks. Kent Hughes traded Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a first-round pick in 2024 and a conditional third-round pick in 2027. [Canadiens Trade Sean Monahan To Winnipeg Jets]
  • The Canadiens received a healthy return for Monahan, but there’s no doubt his absence will leave a significant gap in the lineup. On the flip side, the trade will have a positive impact on the long-term rebuild plans and the 2024 NHL Draft. [Impact Of Sean Monahan Trade On Canadiens Lineup And Rebuild]
  • The New York Islanders placed forward Julien Gauthier on waivers. The 2016 first-round pick has scored five goals and nine assists in 27 games this season. He’s relatively young and has a big frame, but there are a few red flags in his game.  [2016 First-Round Pick Available To Canadiens On NHL Waivers]
  • The NHL announced that players will participate in both the 2026 (Milan) and 2030 (TBD) Winter Olympics.

  • Prospect Jacob Fowler was once again named the goaltender of the month for Hockey East (NCAA).

  • Monahan’s games played bonus will still count against the Canadiens’ year-end salary cap

 

National Hockey Now Network

  • NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, addressed the media at this weekend’s All-Star event in Toronto about the 2018 Hockey Canada sexual assault allegations in London, Ontario. [New Jersey Devils]
  • Take a look at which Calgary Flames players could potentially represent their countries at the 2026 and 2030 Winter Olympics in Milan. [Calgary Flames]

  • Silly season is officially in swing. TSN NHL insider Darren Dreger reported Thursday afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers are taking calls on forward Scott Laughton. Dreger added that the Flyers are not jumping at the possibility, but general manager Danny Briere is gauging interest. [Philadelphia Flyers]
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Terence Gain

The player to be drafted with the pick obtained for Mobahan, likely 28-31 probably won’t even make the Habs and he certainly won’t be a second line player, so in the long term the trade will have no impact. In the short term it makes the Habs much weaker.

morrisk

You are not off base with these comments, since all the rage lately has been about somehow obtaining an “elite” winger. If this pick is indeed in the 28-30 range or so, its much more likely this pick never becomes elite vs a standard ave NHL player. The only thing that can be done with this pick is to package it with the Habs higher 1st rd pick to move up a slot or two in the draft to get that elite winger (assuming one won’t be available wherever they pick).

Last edited 21 days ago by morrisk
Terence Gain

Only 20% of late first round picks even make it to the NHL. Few become top 6 players. Tage Thompson is the exception. I would like to know what efforts were made to sign Monahan to a 3-4 year contract. Wpg won this trade. It strikes me as a tank move for Mtl.

morrisk

Well actually, many players draft late 1st or later have gone on to be great top 6 forwards. But you are correct, the stats show its less than 20% chance of playing at least 100 NHL games – even less than that chance to become “elite”.

And Yes Winny won this trade.

Its not a full tank move, but it was done to cover three things, IMO:

1. Trade Sean before he gets hurt again, as this has been an issue with him for the past 4-5 seasons. 2. Get a 1st rd pick, even if we “lost” the deal, and even if it was with a team that would likely yield a very late 1st rd pick. 3. Tank the season, because let’s face it, the Habs were still slightly overachieving by the ASB and there was always the chance that they could have gotten close to a wildcard and thus a mid 1st rd pick…you get rid of one of their top scorers sooner than later – on a team that’s already goal strapped – then that increases the Tank likelihood.

Its funny because I would not be surprised if he re-signs with the Habs as a UFA this summer…a 3 yr deal at say about $3M per. He’s better than Dvorak, and if he plays 3rd line centre, then that’s fine for that cap hit. I see no other prospect ready to be as good or better than Sean at any point next season – so, heck, why not?