After his absence at two days of practice and his performance in Game 1, a common question has emerged among the Calgary Flames fan-base.
Is Sean Monahan playing hurt?
Both Flames coach Bob Hartley and Monahan himself tried to throw cold water on the suggestion after Thursday’s optional practice.
#Flames Sean Monahan: “I’ve heard a lot of things lately about what’s wrong with me. I’m perfectly fine. I was sick for a little bit there.”
— Wes Gilbertson (@SUNGilbertson) April 16, 2015
Hartley says Sean Monahan does not have a shoulder injury. However, I was told yesterday he’s been sick. Looked fine today.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 16, 2015
Bob Hartley: “We didn’t ask the BC Lions for Travis Lulay’s shoulder pads. Sean Monahan does not have a shoulder injury.”
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) April 16, 2015
Let’s be honest here. Monahan didn’t look great against the Canucks in Game 1. He was just 25% in the face-off circle (well below his typical performance), only had two shots on net, was credited with zero hits and generally played a perimeter game. Typically, Monahan’s line is the one that kick-starts comebacks.
They didn’t do that in Game 1.
Now, Monahan playing a flat, quiet game doesn’t necessarily mean he’s hurt. He could still be getting over a bug. But let’s face facts: if he was hurt, they wouldn’t say he was regardless.
The two severities of injury in the Stanley Cup playoffs:
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) April 14, 2015
Until Monahan has a strong performance in this series, everyone will continue to speculate or suspect an injury. Words will do nothing to calm things down.