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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Sean Monahan to a seven-year contract extension. Monahan will be entering his fourth season in the NHL with the Flames after posting three consecutive seasons of 20+ goals to start his career (2013-14: 22G, 2014-15: 31G, 2015-16: 27G). The 21-year-old will represent Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey next month following a 2015-16 campaign where he eclipsed career-highs in points (63) and assists (36).
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
The Calgary Flames are on the verge of coming to terms on a longterm contract with Sean Monahan that could be announced as early as Friday.
While Flames GM Brad Treliving refused to comment, a source told the Calgary Sun the 21-year-old centre will likely be inked to a a seven or eight year deal as part of a contract that will make him the highest-paid of all the high-profile young centres who’ve signed extensions to their entry-level deals this summer.
On Thursday afternoon Monahan’s high-powered agent, Pat Morris, told the Sun he was now having daily conversations with Treliving and was “more optimistic now than a week ago.”
He said the deal was taking so much time because “both sides are methodical and well-prepared,” and because of “differences of opinion and other players having signed.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
You’ve got to be sure.
Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.
That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:
Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.
Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”
continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...
From the Calgary Herald's Kristen Odland:
But when the news involves the Calgary Flames’ two biggest stars — Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau — and their imminent contract extensions, it’s pretty hard not to wonder …
“No real update there,” said Flames general manager Brad Treliving, addressing the subject at a Wednesday news conference to introduce goaltender Brian Elliott to the local media. “We’ll continue to work away at it. We wanted to focus (Wednesday) on Brian and (Elliott’s wife) Amanda and welcome them to Calgary. But we’ll continue to work away at it.”
It’s been Treliving’s answer to everybody’s favourite question since the 2015-16 regular season ended — “What is happening with Monahan and Gaudreau?”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The creative force behind the fake Sean Monahan Twitter account (Boring Sean Monahan) remains an unsolved mystery in the Calgary Flames dressing room, though the suspect list has generally been narrowed down to two possible candidates, both of them long gone from the team.
It might have been defenceman Chris Butler, now with the St. Louis Blues, because of his quiet sneaky sense of humour. Brian McGrattan, now in the minors, is the other option, a loud and boisterous dressing-room presence who took Monahan under his wing last year, when the latter was still an NHL rookie.
Whoever created – and still maintains – the account (@boringmonahan) follows just one player (McGrattan), which is either a too-obvious clue or a clever red herring.
Defenceman Dennis Wideman thinks it’s the latter.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Forget the crowd, anyone in Canada watching on TSN could see the kid is the real deal, including Canadian golfer/Flames fan Graham DeLaet, who tweeted last night about how “special” Monahan is. Less than two weeks in, scoring seems par for the course for the youngster who now has three goals and five points in four outings to lead the team.
“I don’t learn very much about him anymore, I just pinch myself wondering if I need to check his birth certificate,” head coach Bob Hartley said with a smile after his crew survived a late surge by the Montreal Canadiens to hold on to a 3-2 win.
“The poise he’s showing for an 18-year-old. He’s having fun and bringing passion and excitement. He’s a pretty special kid. It seems every game we’re changing actors but racking up points. It’s a long season — no sense being cocky. But this is huge.”
Nothing seems to faze this club or the former Ottawa 67’s captain, who routinely faced off against Tomas Plekanec and played perhaps his best game so far against the storied Canadiens in a building ramped up with energy.
added 12:47pm, from Pierrre LeBrun of ESPN,
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed their 2013 first round pick (6th overall), centre Sean Monahan to a three year entry level contract.
“Getting Sean signed prior to Rookie Camp and Main Camp has always been our priority and we are very pleased to have him in the fold,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “From our very first interaction with him, Sean has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and a steadfast resolve to be the very best player he can be, and his character and work ethic have continued to shine through in his preparation this summer. Not only is Sean a very good hockey player, but he is a great person as well. He had a solid showing at our recent Development Camp, and as we shared with him afterward, we look forward to watching him play at our Rookie Tournament in Penticton and then attempt to compete for a spot at Main Camp in Calgary.”