NHL trade scores: Flames give way to Nazim Qadri’s contract by tackling Sean Monahan to the Canadiens – Athletic

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Canadian Get: center Sean Monahan And the Conditional draft pick for the first round of 2025.

flame Get: future considerations.

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Shawn Kind: For weeks, the joke was that Nazim Qadri was actually a New York Islander. Ah, Lou LamorilloLogic gone. He’s got a seven-year deal sitting in a desk drawer, calibrated for release on the date and time known only to him and a circle of mates associated with Omerta.. We now know that this was not, in fact, the case. Kadri is on his way to Calgarywhich required at least one extra step – and there it is.

And hey, look at that, a win for both sides. Flames’ price tag might be a little motivating—wrapping a first-round conditional pick as a local is rarely easy, especially when a former All-Star movie enters the final year of its contract—but that’s exactly what Calgary needs to do. They’ve entered the winning zone now, damn the torpedoes when they fall Jonathan Huberdeau For eight years and $84 million. That would be a bad end to it, just as it would be a bad fate deal, but that’s the cost of doing business.

The Flames were good last year, a second-round flop aside, and could get even better in 2022-23 with Huberdeau, Kadri and Mackenzie Weeger in the fold. Hard to believe for a team that also lost Johnny Goudreu And the Matthew TkachukBut here we are.

So, Monahan’s transfer certainly came at a hefty price. She was always going to; It’s easy to imagine the deal being lopsided for the Canadians, given that Monahan’s transfer was the only viable action in Calgary to add Kadri. So it goes.

As for the Canadians? A perfect move for an awesome team. There are no notes. The Habs aren’t winning anything in the near future, given their effectiveness as the first off-season team under Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes. Why not add a first-round pick, even late, for the remaining $6.375 million in the Monahan deal? If he comes back from another hip surgery and shows he’s still middle-aged NHL Center? amazing. Save half of his salary, then flip it over on a deadline to get more. Or just buy it. Probably Islanders He will be interested.

Canadian class: a
flame degree: b +

Shayna Goldman: The flames here are doing what they can to enlarge the playoff window. Nazim Qadri’s signature helps management do just that – it just took a move to remove the financial cover.

On the ice, adding my destiny infusions Michael Backlund Below the depth chart to a suitable closing role in the third line. Therefore, now there is less need for the Monahan in Calgary, especially given his sharp hat swiping; He will likely turn to the wing or skate down the middle of the fourth line. Neither of them shouted $6.375 million at the opposing team.

The conditional number one player is a steep price tag to take out Sean Monahan’s contract, but it does illustrate the value of cover space in this league (especially with the flat cap the past few seasons). Teams doing flashy signings like this Kadri deal often have to move the salary somehow, so they only have a huge amount of clout.

Although it hurts Calgary to lose the first player, he has an extra amount over the next few years of leopards. In addition to the future truly Not the focus – the last years of Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau’s decades show it. The focus is on winning right now, and that’s the cost of working to balance the books.

That’s why Canadians got out of this trade so well. Final results in 2022-23 don’t really matter to Montreal, as long as the players come forward and management continues to redeem future assets. And frankly, Canadians may not be done here. While Monahan’s stock has rightly fallen, if he can recover after his second thigh surgery – which is a big deal – management could keep the salary and pass it on later in the season to a team that needs some depth ahead of the playoffs. So, at least, the Canadians got their first round they’d happily take, and there’s room for more spray on that yield down the line.

flame degree: B
Canadian class: a

Hailey Salvian: Shawn Monahan’s trading year And the a Conditional picking from the first round Seems a lot at first glance. Monahan is only 27 years old. He was 30 goals just three years ago and scored at least 20 each season when he was healthy. He has only one year left with $6.375 million.

But we have to think about a few things here. Monahan hasn’t been healthy in a few years, having had two major hip surgeries for two years in a row and several other surgeries and wrist injuries – that’s no deal to guarantee goals. Sure, Monahan could turn back, but for now, this is a dump deal, and that comes at a cost.

When Toronto Send Patrick Marlowe and his $6.25 million salary to Carolina In 2019, the team commissioned a first-round pick. Marlowe only had a year left on his deal at that time, too. Holding on to Toronto, the Leafs cost a second round to get rid of Nick Ritchie, who only makes $2.5 million for another year. It’s hard to get a lot of space and expensive.

Not to mention that once word got out that Kadri was signing for Calgary, there’s no way Brad Treleving would have dropped a contract for less than a big asset. Montreal would have known that Calgary needed the money to make the signing official, naturally giving the Canadian front office leverage to order more.

The Flames probably didn’t have many other ways to create a cover space. Milan Lucic Not purchasable and has a complete immobility condition. Who else can you get rid of without trying to replace it? It’s not Michael Backlund. it’s not Blake Coleman.

I don’t like a first player coming out the door – which is why I gave them a B – but that’s how Flames will continue to improve this season, by making room to add a player like Nazim Qadri.

Montreal continues to do well in the off-season. The Canadians add another first-round pick (they have five over the next three years) and an interesting Monahan asset that could continue to be poor or pop and be a commercial candidate for more shots by deadline.

Canadian class: a
flame degree: B

(Photo: Sean Monahan: Sergey Belsky/USA Today)


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