Canadiens Rumors: Central Division Team Eyeing Sean Monahan

The Colorado Avalanche have emerged as contenders in the pursuit of Montreal Canadiens' center, Sean Monahan, as they aim to bolster their lineup for a potential deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla and NHL Trade's Rob Ellis.

General Manager Chris MacFarland is actively exploring avenues to address the team's need for a second-line center, and Monahan has become a prime candidate on their radar.

This move is seen as a strategic step to elevate the Avalanche's competitiveness and navigate their salary cap constraints creatively.

Monahan's performance during the 2023-2024 season has made him a standout prospect for the Avalanche.

While there may be room for improvement in his defensive game, his relatively modest salary cap hit of $1,985,000 for the season aligns well with the Avalanche's financial considerations.

So far this season, the 29-year-old has scored eight goals and 16 total points across the first 27 games played.

The Canadiens' potential willingness to retain a portion of Monahan's salary further enhances the feasibility of this trade.

If realized, the addition of Sean Monahan could provide the Avalanche with another big piece they need to fortify their center depth and significantly bolster their prospects for a successful playoff campaign. Photo Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports