After a rousing ovation upon his triumphant return, Sean Monahan says he is not prepared to shut the e-book on his time with the Calgary Flames.
Monahan, who performed his first 9 seasons with the Flames after being chosen within the first spherical (#6) of the 2013 NHL Draft, was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on August 18, together with a conditional first-round decide for future consideration.
However he’s at all times at dwelling.
“Calgary holds a particular place in my coronary heart and it at all times will,” an outspoken Monahan stated after the sport. “At any time when I come again right here, I believe I will have the identical feeling. That is particular to me. I had plenty of relationships with individuals outdoors of the sport. It is at all times plenty of enjoyable to return again right here and play.”
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Monahan, who confirmed loads of emotion earlier than the sport, stays ninth in Flames historical past in video games performed (656), eighth in targets (212) and sixth in energy performs (66).
He was a part of a pivotal summer season in Calgary that noticed teammate Matthew Tkachuk go for sunnier climes with the Florida Panthers after good good friend Johnny Gaudreau left for the Columbus Blue Jackets as an unrestricted free agent.
Monahan admits he did not see the summer season shakeup coming.
“We have performed collectively for a very long time and we have been by loads,” the 28-year-old started. “That is undoubtedly totally different. I did not know what was going to occur in the summertime, and now we’re right here on two totally different groups. He’s one in all my greatest pals and will likely be for the remainder of my life.
“I did not know what was going to occur. In fact, there was plenty of discuss my transfer. Mentally I used to be prepared for it. It has been a very long time coming and this story, I believe, has come at an excellent time. I really feel good once more and I’ve a brand new alternative and a brand new begin.”
The beginning rejuvenated Monahan, who was second on the Flames with 16 factors and fourth with 5 targets.
Two of them got here by their assistants in a 2-1 draw towards pals and former teammates on Thursday.
“It was particular,” Monahan stated. “I have been eager about this for a very long time, and it is lastly right here. You get plenty of feelings within the recreation. As soon as I warmed up on the ice, I used to be actually nervous to be trustworthy. I am essentially the most excited I have been in a very long time. I am glad we got here out with a win. It was attention-grabbing.”
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A video tribute to the vice-captain of season seven is included between the credit.
It ended with a standing ovation from the group, his remaining team-first message to the Warriors in 2013, the primary a part of a brand new period for the Flames.
His message was easy.
“I simply wish to say thanks,” Monahan stated. “I got here right here after I was 18 and grew up right here. They at all times had my again. There have been ups and downs whereas I have been right here, they usually’ve at all times supported me.
“It was a particular deal with and one I’ll undoubtedly watch time and again.”