Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames (2 years, $6.375m AAV)
This proposition is entirely contingent on what the Calgary Flames determine their next step is as an organization this offseason. As of right now, all signs are pointing towards some kind of rebuild or at least a retool, similar to what the Senators went through over the past few years. Sean Monahan and the remaining couple of years on his current contract could be on the move as a result of this.
After consecutive down years with a 0.68 PPG (points per game) in 2019-20 and 0.56 PPG in 2020-21, Monahan’s value is likely at an all-time low. Prior to that, he was a fairly consistent 60+ point scorer. However, his offensive metrics have nosedived which do little to cover up some of his inefficiencies in the defensive zone.
Monahan is a native of Brampton, Ontario, but has connections to the city of Ottawa, dating back to his junior years he spent with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. The Senators have been known to love bringing in local guys or those with familiarity with the area, so Monahan definitely ticks that box.
The situation in Calgary combined with his low value and connections to Ottawa makes this a good fit on paper. Whether that means this will be a good fit on the ice though is up for serious debate.