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Canadiens trade for Flames' Monaghan, Carrie Price could miss season

Montreal get another big center and future first-round pick, but their star goalkeeper is unlikely to play this year, GM says Kent Hughes says.

Flames' Sean Monahan (23) and Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry battle for the puck during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary April 24, 2021.
Sean Monaghan (23) for Flames and Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petrie The fight April 24, 2021, Calgary's Scotiabank during the first period at his Saddledome. Photo by Sergei Belsky /USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens on Thursday In 2018, center Sean Monaghan acquireda 2025 conditional first-round pick from the Calgary Flames, but star goaltender Carey Price traded it for future considerations. could miss the entire season due to a lingering knee injury.

The trade freed Calgary to space in the salary cap and allowed him to sign center Nazem Qadri to a seven-year, $49 million contract as a free agent. But Monaghan has his year left. According to CapFriendly, on his seven-year contract with his hit cap of US$6.375 million, the Canadiens now surpass his cap by more than $6 million in salary.

At a press conference after the trade was made official, general manager Kent Hughes said reports of Price's knee were not good and he was almost certain to miss the start of the season.

If the goaltender is placed on the long-term injured list, $10.5 million in cap space will be freed up, leaving Monaghan and Habs on the draft. Enough to sign Kirby Duck, a restricted free agent center that he won on the night. Chicago Blackhawks.

Monaghan, 27, is a 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound player who played 65 games last season, scoring eight goals and adding 15 assists. did. The Brampton, Ontario native has scored his 212 goals and his 462 points in 656 career NHL games, all of which sent him sixth overall in his 2013 NHL Draft. I belong to the named Flames.

Kadri, who turns 32 in October, scored 28 goals and his career-high 87 points in 71 appearances in his Colorado avalanche last season. He played a key role in the team's Stanley cup match, and in 16 playoff games he scored 7 goals and added 8 assists.

This story will be updated.

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