Habs trade Sean Monahan to the Jets

February 2, 2024
The Montreal Canadiens have traded Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets

The Montreal Canadiens have traded center Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a first-round pick in this year’s NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2027.

With the league’s stars away showing off their skills at the annual NHL All-Star game, and everybody else enjoying the week-long break away from the ice, Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes has been busy shopping his most valuable asset. Although there is still roughly a month until the NHL Trade Deadline comes and goes, moving Monahan now is perhaps a stroke of genius.

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Monahan, 29, has 13 goals and 22 assists in 49 games this season and has remained healthy this season. Monahan’s health has been a major concern over the past several seasons, and a key reason why Calgary shipped him to Montreal in the first place. Now two years after a double hip surgery, however, and any injury history concerns should be a thing of the past. While Monahan did miss a good chunk of last season, it was due to groin and foot injuries and not to do with his hips.

This season, Monahan has been a pivotal part of the Canadiens offense, playing the role of veteran to the young up and coming stars like Juraj Slafkovsky and Joshua Roy. Now, he will surely play a big role towards Winnipeg’s playoff push, and help propel the jets deep into the offseason.

Monahan is a pending unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year, US$2 million dollar contract with the Canadiens last off-season.

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Sean Monahan came to the Canadiens from the Calgary Flames along with a first-round pick, in exchange for future considerations – and now helps provide the Canadiens a further first-round pick and a condition third-round pick should the Jets win the Stanley Cup this year.

As the Canadiens are still rebuilding, it would be safe to assume that several other veterans could be moved between now and the March 8th trade deadline.