Major statement: Sean Monahan's intentions are very clear regarding his future

Published December 13, 2022 at 7:09 PM

Sean Monahan is an extremely beneficial acquisition for the Habs. He added a valuable extra first round pick by agreeing to take his contract, and with the excellence of his play since the beginning of the season, he brings a lot to the young culture of the Tricolore.

While discussing the subject on TVA Sports, former Habs head coach Michel Therrien made a major statement about #91.

Since the 28-year-old center will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, why would he turn down such an opportunity for the rest of his career?

"My personal 'gut feeling,' without having a 'scoop,' is that he wants to test the market," he predicts. These players are coming into the peak of their careers. It doesn't happen often during their career." - Michel Therrien

It must be said that the Quebec coach's words make a lot of sense. Why would Monahan refuse to test the market, with a great season in the bank for his negotiations?

This is probably his last chance to sign a big contract in the NHL. He would be pretty stupid not to take advantage of this chance, especially considering his injury history. Sure, he won't get $8 million a season, but if he can get a long-term deal for 5 or 6 years, he should do it.

In all honesty, I strongly believe that a team will agree to give him a multi-season deal to accommodate his demands, even if it means getting a lower salary per season.

This situation, signing a 29 year old up and coming player at the time of the next season that will initiate his new deal, with his injury history, is very far from what the Habs need in their organization, especially in the midst of a rebuild.

Let's not forget that Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson are two other players in the same age group, with a similar injury history. Adding Monahan would be a miscalculated risk for the Habs.

If Monahan's excellent season potentially allows the Habs to get a very good price on the trade market, it is absolutely certain that his performance will make the salary requirements of his next contract skyrocket.

Like Michel Therrien, it's a safe bet that Monahan's intentions are already very clear about his future.

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December 13   |   295 answers
Major statement: Sean Monahan's intentions are very clear regarding his future

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