New York Rangers trade shopping list needs to include Calgary Flames Sean Monahan

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Mar 15, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) skates against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are in the market for another top center. One name that should be on their shopping list is Sean Monahan with the Calgary Flames. He hasn’t been officially put on the market, but there is a chance they will at least listen to offers this summer.

New York Rangers trade shopping list

Jack Eichel has basically been saved in the New York Rangers’ Amazon Cart since last season. However, Chris Drury needs to still be searching for centers and using the All Departments filter while doing so. Another suggestion is to also sort by price from highest to lowest. It won’t take him long to find Flames center, Sean Monahan. Once he reads the reviews, Drury needs to click the Add to Cart and then hit the Save for Later button.

You see, if a trade for Eichel doesn’t pan out or if Aleksaner Barkov remains Out of Stock, he will need to look at other possibilities. Drury should also read the reviews on Evgeny Kuznetsov and delete him from his Saved Items List immediately. I would also not hit the Move to Cart and Buy Now buttons on Evgeni Malkin unless the price drops significantly and there are no other options.

Trade Target Sean Monahan

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Here are Sean Monahan’s vital statistics that everyone should know:

  • Age – 26
  • Pos – C
  • H/W – 6’2″, 200 lbs
  • Shoots – Left

Now let’s dive into the numbers that count. He has two years remaining on a deal that has a $6.375 AAV and is coming off a down season. Some believe that it would lower the cost of acquisition, but I doubt it. However, he had hip surgery and is expected to be ready for next season. That could be a factor to drive the cost down, not one bad season.

For his career, Monahan has 439 points in 591 games. That is a points per game average of .74 since he broke into the NHL at 19 and played a 75 games. Back in 2018-19, Monahan scored 82 points in 78 games. He’s potted 30 goals three times in his 8 years in the league as well. All very solid 2C numbers for sure, maybe even 1A.

I know what you are thinking. Can he win face-offs? The answer is yes. While he’s not a specialist, he has a career average in the dots of 50.2 and can hold his own. Monahan is also very good defensively, and does not take bad penalties. Like I said, read the reviews and make sure to hit Add to Cart.

What would a trade for Sean Monahan look like?

So what would it take to acquire Monahan should he become an available item? That’s a good question and one that isn’t easily answered. What are the Flames in need of? Cap space for one. Heading into next season Calgary has about $14 million to play with and only have 13 players under contract.

Could the Rangers acquire a player like Monahan using cost controlled assets like center/winger Filip Chytil and defenseman Zac Jones? That may not be enough, but it could be a solid starting point. Remember, Calgary has a highly touted prospect in Connor Zary that could debut next season too. They have their own lost cost options coming in, but does it make sense to play Zary on the 4th line?

Right now the main objective of this article is to call attention to whom should be on Chris Drury’s trade shopping list for centers. If Monahan becomes officially available, the ask from GM Brad reliving will be made clearer. The big question I have swirling in my head is if the Rangers could bring in both Eichel and Monahan in the same offseason?

Yes that may sound crazy right now, but is it really? With almost $24 million in cap space the Rangers could be so bold if they choose. Remember, deals for these types of players will also have money out ramifications for the Blueshirts. It is very early in the process, but thinking small never won a Stanley Cup.

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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