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Canadiens Make Shrewd Moves: Sean Monahan Traded to Jets

The Montreal Canadiens make the most of their trades with and for Sean Monahan, getting two first-round picks in multiple deals.

Montreal Canadiens’ general manager Kent Hughes announced on Friday that forward Sean Monahan has been traded to the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets have acquired Monahan in exchange for their first-round pick in the upcoming 2024 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2027.

Monahan, initially acquired from the Calgary Flames in August 2022, has had a noteworthy tenure with the Canadiens. While there, he posted 52 points (19 goals, 33 assists) in 74 games. The Canadiens had thought about retaining him, but considering how strong a season he was having and the interest in his services ahead of the trade deadline, it was a no-brainer to move him. Once it was clear Monahan was going to get a first-round draft pick, and when you consider Montreal got a pick from the Flames to take the forward in the first place, this was strong asset management.

When the smoke cleared, the Canadiens got two first-round picks in the process, added prospects, and moved a pending UFA. Interestingly, some Habs fans believe the Canadiens could have gotten more.

How Will Sean Monahan Trade Help the Jets?

With a reliable playing style and versatility in various roles, Monahan is expected to make an immediate impact for the Winnipeg Jets. Coach Rick Bowness anticipates Monahan starting on a line with Cole Perfetti and Nikolaj Ehlers, adding a new dimension to the Jets’ offensive lineup. As Frank Seravalli points out, “At this stage of his career, his offensive production has taken a hit, but he still consistently excels in completing passes, attacking the net with high percentage shots, winning faceoffs and defensive zone posture.” Seravalli also points out that among NHL forwards in even-strength completed passes, Monahan ranks 38th. He boasts the seventh-highest faceoff win percentage at 56.9 percent and Monahan excels in winning draws on the penalty kill. He leads all centers with at least 600 faceoffs taken with an impressive 55.9 percent success rate.

Sean Monahan Canadiens Jets trade

Monahan’s journey has seen its share of ups and downs, especially considering his resurgence this season after missing significant playing time in the past two years. But, if he stays healthy, he’ll be a strong addition to the Jets.

Arguably the top two centers available at this season’s trade deadline are off the board.

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