By The Canadian Press
The Montreal Canadiens have traded centre Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a first-round pick in this year’s NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2027.
It’s the second time that Monahan has secured a first-round pick for the Habs.
Montreal acquired Monahan and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2025 from Calgary on Aug. 18, 2022, for future considerations, allowing the Flames to shed Monahan’s US$6.375-million cap hit at the time.
Calgary subsequently signed centre Nazem Kadri to a seven-year, $49-million deal in free agency.
Monahan is a pending unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year, US$2-million contract with the Canadiens last off-season.
The 29-year-old from Brampton, Ont., has 13 goals and 22 assists in 49 games this season.
Monahan produced six goals and 11 assists over 25 games with the Canadiens in 2022-23 before his season was cut short with a groin injury. He then re-upped in Montreal after his previous contract expired.
Selected sixth overall by the Flames in the 2013 draft, he played nine seasons in Calgary and exceeded 30 goals three times — including a 34-goal, 82-point campaign in 2018-19.
Monahan scored just eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 65 games during his final season with the Flames, which ended early when he underwent hip surgery.