Flames take a hit as Sean Monahan to have season-ending hip surgery

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Mar 31, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) and Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi (13) fight for position during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan landed on long-term injured reserve Saturday and will have season-ending hip surgery, the team announced.

His 2020-21 season also ended with an operation on his hip.

Monahan, 27, finishes the 2021-22 campaign with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 65 games. He had an assist in his final game in Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

The Ontario native has 462 points (212 goals, 250 assists) in 656 career games over nine seasons with the Flames, who drafted him with the sixth overall pick in 2013.

Sean Monahan out for the season

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Apr 24, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

“He’s battled some things,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Saturday. “It’s unfortunate. The good news in here is he’s got a lot of time to get this addressed. He had his other hip, his left hip, done last year [May 2021] and it feels great and he’s doing wonderful. This is now sort of the next challenge for him. He’s got a lot of time to get it addressed before next year.”

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This is a big loss for the Flames losing one of their leaders. Despite his struggles offensively, Monahan was averaging 14:04 on the year.

“When your body is telling you you can’t do it, you can’t do it,” Treliving relayed on his conversation with Sean. “We’ll get it fixed and move forward.”

Calgary also announced Saturday that defenseman Oliver Kylington is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

The Flames recalled defenseman Connor Mackey from the AHL’s Stockton Heat. He made his NHL debut last season, contributing one goal and two assists in six games.

–Field Level Media