Major trade deadline transaction: the dilemma is very real for Sean Monahan's future with the Montreal Canadiens

Published October 31, 2023 at 8:14 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
Kent Hughes took everyone by surprise in June by signing Sean Monahan for one year at $1.9 million. Immediately, experts believed it was a good signing and that the Canadiens would be able to trade him at the trade deadline.

However, after nine games, it's clear that if he remains healthy, Monahan will be an asset for the team in the longer term. The temptation to trade him will be strong, as he will have significant value on the trade market, but why not offer him a contract extension instead?

Martin Lemay, Benoit Brunet, and Yannick Levesque discussed this question today on RDS, and all three are unanimous: Kent Hughes should keep him. Good veterans are needed to surround the young players.

An important point they raised is that the Canadiens won't be better next year without Monahan, as the team is in full development. So why step back?


The decision will primarily be up to Monahan. If he intends to test the free-agent market this summer or if he wants to stay in Montreal, Kent Hughes will need to base his strategy on that above all else.

Source: RDS
WOULD YOU LIKE SEAN MONAHAN TO STAY WITH THE CANADIENS FOR A FEW YEARS?
OCTOBER 31      307 ANSWERS
YES28191.5 %
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