Montreal Canadiens forward Sean Monahan expressed heartfelt gratitude as he prepared to face his former team, the Calgary Flames, for the first time since his 656-game tenure with them. Monahan, the No. 6 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, acknowledged the special bond with the Flames’ fanbase, thanking them for their unwavering support since he joined the team at 18.
Addressing the media from the Ed Whalen Media Lounge, Monahan reflected on the meaningful connections he forged with teammates, the organization, and the local community during his nine-year stint in Calgary. He reminisced about the memories created and emphasized the profound impact of these experiences on his career.
The summer brought uncertainty for Monahan as he faced the departure of close friend Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency and Matthew Tkachuk’s decision to move on to the Florida Panthers. Amidst rumors of a potential trade, including speculation around a Nazem Kadri signing, Monahan remained uncertain about his future, especially considering his recent recovery from a second hip surgery that limited his playtime to 65 regular-season games.
"The relationships built with teammates, within the organization and in the community. Those are memories and things I’ll never forget.”
Ultimately, the Flames traded Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for cap space and a conditional first-round pick. Despite the initial ambiguity, Monahan embraced the change and considered it a positive step. The trade provided him with a fresh start and an opportunity to relish a new chapter in his career.
In expressing his sentiments, Monahan acknowledged the tough decision made by Flames General Manager Brad Treliving, recognizing that it was a necessary move for both parties. The forward highlighted his satisfaction with the outcome, stating that the change has been beneficial and that he is genuinely enjoying his time with the Montreal Canadiens. As he faced the prospect of playing against his former team, Monahan remained grateful for the support received in Calgary while embracing the new opportunities that awaited him in Montreal.