Canadiens weekly notebook: Sean Monahan’s and Kaiden Guhle’s rising importance, breaking down a pivotal 5v3 and checking in on Filip Mešár in Kitchener https://t.co/mD2wBFfGV0
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 14, 2023
Mind you, I’m not saying he’s necessarily the best. I’m simply saying that, with everything he brings to the table, he’s possibly the most important forward in Martin St-Louis’ line-up.
Monahan, who signed a one-year, $1.985-million contract with the Tricolore last summer, is proving that when healthy, he still has what it takes to be a top-quality NHL forward. He’ll have to stay injury-free for the rest of the year, but on the ice, he’s one hell of a hockey player.
That’s why some would like to see Kent Hughes come to an agreement with Monahan to keep him in Montreal for several years… but on the other hand, there are big risks in doing so. His injury history is imposing, he’s 29 years old on a rebuilding team, and his best value (which may never be as high as it is now) may be far from Montreal.
All along, I’ve had the impression that it’s this value away from Montreal that will dictate Monahan’s future with the Tricolore. If the CH gets the big price to trade him, it’ll be very tempting…
Yesterday, Basu also stated in a text that he thinks Monahan is the club’s most important forward this season. The fact that he revived Brendan Gallagher, the fact that he’s used for everything, the fact that he’s a mentor to Juraj Slafkovský and so on: his track record is impressive.
On the other hand, if Kent Hughes really is offered a first-round pick for Monahan’s services, he should jump at the chance. I know Monahan has already brought a first-round pick to the Habs, but the club needs to maximize the value of its assets in veteran players, and a guy like Monahan is worth gold to a rebuilding team on the trade market.
In fact, this isn’t the first time there’s been speculation that Monahan could fetch top dollar in a trade. Last year, the talk was much the same… until Monahan suffered a season-long injury.
That’s a difference of about $1.2 million… but for an aspiring team that’s pinned to the ceiling, it can make all the difference.
And even without a holdback, I think a first-round pick isn’t absurd for a guy who can solidify a second-center chair on a good team. Now it’s up to Kent Hughes to find his price.
– It’s unblocking for the Penguins.
Penguins in November:
– 3 players with a +10 or better
– 3 players with 9+ points (Karlsson, Guentzel, Crosby)
– 6 players at pt/game or better
– Crosby has 5g-4a-9pts
– Karlsson has 3g-6a-9pts
It took a little bit but Karlsson in Pittsburgh is working. pic.twitter.com/YrTlxiC1o3
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) November 15, 2023
– I love it.
– The Stars asked their own players to pronounce their own names correctly. The result is very funny. [Reddit]
– MLB considers shortening pitchers’ dial time.
Changes could go into effect as early as 2024. https://t.co/IarU5nW4kr
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) November 15, 2023
– Quite a story.