With the surplus of center players, it’s a possibility → https://t.co/yzYESlvCxl
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 24, 2023
The Montreal Canadiens’ potential 2023-2024 line-up is a topic of much debate at the moment.
Because until the season begins and the CH is in Toronto for its first game of the season, we don’t know what Martin St-Louis’ line-up will look like.
Indeed, it’s a real headache both offensively and defensively, which is why CH fans have fun debating potential lineup combinations.
Yes, that’s right, about how the CH lineup will look in the first game of the season.
Bravo, you’re keeping up.
Our debate, more specifically, was about the Montreal Canadiens’ attack.
If Kent Hughes still has a plan to trade Monahan during the season in order to get an interesting return, well, playing Monahan on the wing on the second line wouldn’t maximize his value.
Maximize Monahan’s market value or maximize his value to the team?
It’s a situation that, on the face of it, pits the general manager and head coach against each other.
I don’t think there will be a squabble, on the contrary.
But it’s interesting to analyze both avenues.
As Eric Engels explains, it’s better to give Monahan reasonable playing time, without overtaxing him given his recent injuries.
I think he’ll play minutes he can reasonably fill considering his injury history. He’ll get what he earns. Trade value won’t factor in.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 9, 2023
Although he says he’s 100%, Monahan is clearly still fragile, so playing him as much as possible on the first line to increase his market value could ultimately backfire if he gets injured like he did last season.
That’s why, according to Engels, Monahan’s potential value on the trade market won’t be a factor when it comes to playing time for number 91.
It’s the overall contribution the 28-year-old veteran will make to the team that will be prioritized.
Monahan will have a very important supporting role for the team’s young center players, and will serve as a very important mentor for Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook among others.
What’s more, his mere presence in the line-up will lighten Nick Suzuki’s workload and responsibilities considerably.
As we saw last season, Monahan’s presence helped Suzuki to perform better offensively.
The second Sean Monahan was injured, and I mean the second, the CH’s season plummeted.
The CH captain’s production rate plummeted with the loss of Monahan.
That’s why it’s best not to think in terms of market value and trade.
At just 28 years of age, only four years older than Nick Suzuki, Monahan has great value to the team, and who knows, maybe he’ll prove it for more than one season.
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– To be continued.
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