The Calgary Flames will be without one of their top offensive players for the final four games of their season. The club announced that forward Sean Monahan is being shut down due to a hip issue that he’s scheduled to have surgery on next week.
.@MFradiology Injury Update: Sean Monahan will not play the remaining four games of the season. He is scheduled for hip surgery next week and will be ready for full participation at training camp. pic.twitter.com/yKvkig5hVP
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 12, 2021
Monahan, 26, has been consistently one of the team’s best goal-scorers since being selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. He has scored 204 goals in 591 NHL games, or about a goal every 2.9 games.
#Flames are shutting Sean Monahan down for the rest of the season. He has hip surgery scheduled for next week.
Believe he has been playing through a hip situation for some time. Team says he’ll be ready in full for training camp.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) May 12, 2021
But Monahan has also been battered with injuries over the past few seasons, seemingly undergoing a surgery after every season after probably playing through fairly significant injuries for awhile.
It’s likely a product of the type of game he plays and the types of goals he scores; Monahan is, as the scouts put it, a guy that scores goals in the “dirty areas” in front of the net and around the blue paint. You know, the types of areas where players eat tons of cross-checks and slashes to score goals. Coincidentally, cross-checks and slashes lead to the types of surgeries that Monahan has required over the past few seasons.
Hopefully Monahan can get back up to 100% for the fall and the return of “regular” hockey to North America.