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Canadiens trade Flames' Monaghan, conditional first-round pick

Montreal acquired another big center, but the move is overshadowed by news that Carrie Price is unlikely to play this season.

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) of the Flames and the Canadiens defense his Jeff Petrie fights the pack during the first period at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on April 24, 2021. 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 would see Calgary free up space on the salary cap and free agency for his center Nazem, who will sign Kadri to his seven-year, $49 million deal. We could, 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 officially closed, general manager Kent Hughes said reports of Price's knee were not good and he could be out all year.

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

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