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The Calgary Flames are signing unrestricted free agent Nazem Kadri to a seven-year contract carrying a $7 million average annual value, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Calgary is also trading longtime center Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to accommodate Kadri’s deal, according to Friedman. The Flames entered the day with approximately $2.7 million in cap space, according to Cap Friendly, and get an additional $6.375 million off the books by moving Monahan.

Monahan, a three-time 30-goal scorer, dealt with major hip injuries in recent years. The 27-year-old was limited to 65 games this past season, didn’t appear in the playoffs, and registered a career-low 23 points.

Kadri was the top player remaining on the open market. He posted 87 points in 71 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche and played a significant role in helping the club capture the Stanley Cup.

The Flames and Kadri have been talking since free agency opened in July, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis.

Kadri nixed a trade to the Flames in 2019 before the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the Avalanche. The veteran center said at the time he had “nothing against Calgary” and vetoed the move because he wanted to remain with the team that drafted him in 2009.

Calgary, the reigning Pacific Division champion, has been one of the league’s busiest teams this offseason. It lost Johnny Gaudreau in free agency, then dealt Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for a package headlined by Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar. After the trade, the Flames inked Huberdeau to an eight-year, $84-million extension.

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan will undergo season-ending surgery on his hip and will hit the long-term injured reserve list, the team announced Saturday.

This surgery is on the opposite hip of the one he had repaired last summer, according to Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson.

The 27-year-old has had a slew of tough injuries over the years, undergoing a wrist, groin, and two hernia surgeries in 2018 and an additional wrist surgery in 2017.

“Most people out there couldn’t play through a third of what he has,” GM Brad Treliving said Saturday, according to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox.

Monahan has played a largely diminished role in Calgary this season, often skating on the team’s fourth line. He managed eight goals and 15 assists in 65 contests.

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan won’t play in his team’s four remaining regular-season games as he’s scheduled to undergo hip surgery next week, the team announced. He’s expected to be ready for full participation at training camp.

The Flames were officially eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week. The team’s final four games of the season are all against the Vancouver Canucks.

It’s unclear how long Monahan has been playing through the ailment. He recorded 10 goals and 18 assists in 50 games this season. This would equal a 46-point pace in an 82-game campaign, which would be the lowest total of his career since his rookie season.

The 26-year-old has already undergone a number of procedures throughout his career, including wrist, groin, and two hernia surgeries in 2018. He also had wrist surgery in 2017.

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After watching on from the press box as his team was eliminated from the postseason, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk is coming to the defense of his star teammates.

“The thing that really frustrates me right now, especially with being out and watching the games and having nothing to do so being on my phone and just being in the bubble, everything is about hockey … I couldn’t believe some of the criticism that some guys on my team were getting for this,” Tkachuk said, per Sportsnet. “Especially the criticism towards Johnny (Gaudreau) and Monny (Sean Monahan), it makes me sick. It really upsets me and pisses me off.

“Everyone was upset about them for offensive production. Well, they produced more offense than me. So put the blame on me. I didn’t do nearly enough to help get this team over the top when I was in the lineup, and that’s what hurts the most.”

The Dallas Stars bounced the Flames in six games, marking the third time in four years that Calgary failed to advance past the first round.

Tkachuk, who was injured in Game 2, missed the team’s final four contests. In six total games this postseason, the 22-year-old managed one goal and one assist.

Monahan and Gaudreau came under fire from fans and the media following the club’s elimination. Monahan totaled two goals and six assists in 10 games, while Gaudreau scored four goals and added three helpers.

“It really upsets me to see some of the criticism to those guys, being unbelievable players and great players in this league, and even more important, great friends,” Tkachuk continued. “But I think as leaders and as core players and in general, myself mainly, but our best players didn’t do enough to get us over the top and into that next round and into a run. And that’s frustrating.”

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Sean Monahan hopes this postseason goes a lot differently for the Calgary Flames than last year’s.

“We got embarrassed last year in the postseason,” Monahan said Wednesday, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis. “As a player representing an organization, that sticks with you. We’ve got a lot to prove here and we have a lot of things motivating us.”

The Flames were the top seed in the Western Conference entering last season’s playoffs and faced off against the Colorado Avalanche. Calgary lost the series in just five games.

After serving as one of the most dominant lines during the regular season, Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Elias Lindholm combined for just two goals, three assists, and a minus-6 rating during the series.

“We’ve talked about it a lot – and a lot behind closed doors – we got outworked and outcompeted and got owned by Colorado,” Monahan added. “You want to be a guy who can be a part of the postseason and that’s where a lot of guys’ legacies are built. That’s the kind of guys we want to be, and we want to step up and take charge in Game 1.”

Monahan, who produced 34 goals and 82 points last season, managed 22 goals and 48 points this year. Meanwhile, Gaudreau dipped from 99 points to 58, and Lindholm from 78 to 54.

“Last year was my first appearance in the playoffs and overall our line didn’t do a very good job,” Lindholm said. “For myself, I kind of got away from my game and started doing other things and tried to hit people. It’s part of my game, but not something I’m looking to do. In the playoffs I was.”

The Flames finished the abbreviated 2019-20 regular season in fourth place in the Pacific Division with a 36-27-7 record. They are set to take on the Winnipeg Jets in the best-of-five play-in round.

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A Calgary Flames fan is raising money for hourly and event staff at the Scotiabank Saddledome whom the team’s ownership group won’t be compensating during the hiatus resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Raymond Lau, a longtime season-ticket holder and former hourly employee at the arena, started a GoFundMe on Saturday night after learning that Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation was choosing not to pay relevant workers for the lost shifts.

Several Flames players, including captain Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan, Milan Lucic, Sam Bennett, and Zac Rinaldo have donated to the effort, as have some of the players’ partners, including Lauren Giordano and Amber Brodie.

The campaign began with a goal of $10,000 but raised more than $38,000 overnight.

All of the proceeds will go toward the arena employees affected by the shutdown. Lau said if CSEC reverses course and decides to pay them, the money will be donated to the Flames Foundation, to a local charity, or it will be used in a way that still benefits the hourly and event staff.

The Flames ownership group sent an email to the workers explaining that unless otherwise notified, all scheduled shifts were canceled, and any shifts from March 13 onward must be approved by a supervisor.

Many NHL owners and several players have said they will help out their arena workers to account for postponed or canceled shifts.

Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, St. Louis Blues center Ryan O’Reilly, and Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan have been named finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Barkov is coming off a career-high 96-point season. He also finished second among NHL forwards in ice time while being penalized for just eight minutes. He’s been a finalist for the award twice but hasn’t won.

O’Reilly, who’s also been nominated for the Selke Trophy, will be seeking his second Lady Byng after winning in 2013-14 with the Colorado Avalanche. He racked up a career-high 77 points this season while totaling just 12 penalty minutes.

Monahan, a first-time nominee, is also fresh off the best regular season of his career, establishing new highs in goals (34) and assists (48).

Following wrist, groin, and two hernia surgeries this offseason, Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan is feeling good as the NHL season inches closer.

“I feel like a new man right now,” Monahan told Aaron Vickers of NHL.com. “I’m more flexible, more mobile, meaner and stronger, so I think it’s a good feeling to be healthy.”

With the Flames out of the playoff picture late last season, Monahan was shut down after 74 games to get an early start on his recovery. Despite limited appearances, the 23-year-old matched his career best with 31 goals and set a new personal points benchmark in 2017-18.

Monahan’s health will be paramount to the new-look Flames as they seek a return to the postseason in 2018-19. Over the offseason, Calgary brought in Bill Peters as its new head coach, orchestrated a blockbuster that sent out Dougie Hamilton for Noah Hanifin, and signed perennial 20-goal sniper James Neal, who could find his way onto Monahan’s line alongside Johnny Gaudreau.

Sean Monahan is done playing for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Calgary Flames forward will have season-ending surgery in the coming days, the team confirmed Friday night.

Earlier in the day, Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan revealed Monahan has been playing through two significant injuries, and general manager Brad Treliving added that Monahan has been dealing with them for the past month, but neither the coach or the GM disclosed the nature of his ailments.

The Flames entered Friday’s action sitting eight points behind the Anaheim Ducks – who occupy the second Western Conference wild-card spot – and trailing both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars in pursuit of that position, with more games played than all three clubs.

Monahan has a career-high 64 points in 74 games, the latter of which would be a career low.

The 23-year-old leads Calgary with 31 goals in 2017-18.

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Only one year ago, the Calgary Flames were among hockey’s hottest teams.

A second round loss to the Anaheim Ducks – Calgary’s first playoff appearance since 2009 – was viewed as a learning curve for a team made up of budding stars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

The Flames pushed the needle that offseason, bolstering their blue line with young defenseman Dougie Hamilton, fresh off a 42-point campaign with the Boston Bruins.

But the good times in Calgary took a turn for the worst, as the Flames won 10 fewer games than the year before.

Veteran winger Jiri Hudler, now 32, tailed off after a career-best 76 points. Between the pipes, the Flames allowed nearly 50 more goals, as netminders Karri Ramo, Joni Ortio, and Jonas Hiller posted some of the NHL’s worst numbers.

The Flames hope to reverse that trend this season, following their acquisition of goalie Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues.

New head coach Glen Gulutzan, who brings a fresh voice behind the bench, is sure to heavily rely on Elliott. The former Blues goalie was among the league leaders last season, posting a 2.07 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Flames center Matt Stajan is among the returning players looking to shake off last season’s memory. The 32-year-old has posted back-to-back career lows of 17 points, and realizes he must pick up his own game in order for the team to improve.

“I think we have something to prove as a team that two years ago wasn’t a fluke,” Stajan told the team’s official site. “I think we want to bounce back from last season because it didn’t go the way we wanted it to.

“We’ve had some nice additions coming in that are going to want to make a difference and that’ll be great for our hockey club.”

The Flames open their season Oct. 12 vs. the rival Edmonton Oilers.