Flames announce season-ending surgery for a key member of their leadership group

Published April 2, 2022 at 1:47 PM
BY MIKE ARMENTI
It has been a very forgettable season for 27-year-old Sean Monahan in Calgary and, unfortunately, he won't get the opportunity to turn things around this season, as the Flames have officially shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Flames GM Brad Treliving revealed during a press conference on Saturday that Monahan is expected to undergo season-ending hip surgery, which will halt his season at 65 games and just 23 points.

"The good news here is he's got a lot of time to get this addressed before next year. He had his left hip done last year and it feels great. He's doing wonderful with it.

"This is now the next challenge for him. No question, a great deal of disappointment. We talked a lot yesterday and at the end of the day when your body is telling you you can't do it, you can't do it. We'll get it fixed and we'll move forward."


- Treliving on Monahan's season-ending injury

There has been a lot of speculation that the Flames may want to rid themselves of Monahan's contract this summer due to his gradual decline over the past few seasons. From Treliving's comments on Saturday, it does not appear to be something that he is considering at this time.

"This guy plays through a lot of things and for people to challenge or question him I think is wrong. Most people out there couldn't play through a third of what he has and he keeps it to himself.

"Go in that room, there's 23 players who love that kid. He wears that letter for a reason. He plays a different role from the previous seven or eight years. He doesn't b***h and whine – he says, 'what can I do to help the team?' That's what Sean Monahan is all about."

- Treliving on Monahan's toughness and importance to the team

Monahan is not expected to participate in the playoffs. His recovery is expected to take up to four months, putting the Brampton, ON native on pace to be ready to go for training camp this fall.

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