Sean Monahan is done for the season.
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving delivered the news before this morning’s pre-game skate the centre will have hip surgery, ending the 27-year-old’s 2021-22 NHL campaign.
Treliving said the team found out about the injury in the last couple of days and expects Monahan, who is being placed on long-term injured reserve, will be ready for training camp in September.
“Sean is one that plays through a lot of stuff without telling a lot of people … I know Sean’s faced a lot of criticism,” Treliving said. “I think there’s a lot of bull—- out there, to be perfectly honest. This guy plays through a lot of things, and for people to challenge or to question him I think is wrong. Most people out there couldn’t play through a third of what he has, and he keeps it to himself.
“This isn’t stuff where people have forced him out onto the ice, so I don’t know how long it’s been bothering him. He’s gotten treatment like everybody gets treatment. In the last couple of days, he said ‘I’ve got a problem here.”
Hip surgery is not new to Monahan. The Flames shut him down with four games left in last year’s pandemic-truncated season, and he had surgery on his other hip last summer. He admitted at camp last September that his hurting hip bothered him through most of 2020-21, when he scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 50 games.
Treliving also said sidelined Flames defenceman Oliver Kylington is day-to-day after leaving Thursday’s shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings with an upper-body injury. Kylington crashed into the boards in the third period of the home game and did not return. Defenceman Connor Mackey has been recalled from AHL Stockton as a result.