For the second year in a row, Shawn Monahan’s season will be shortened by hip surgery.
Flemish GM Brad Trelewing made the announcement Saturday morning, which could hardly be considered surprising given the long history of the alternate captain’s medical history.
“Yesterday was a difficult day when you knew your season was coming to an end,” said GM, who put the 27-year-old forward on the long-term injury list.
“The good news is, he’s got a lot of time to deal with this before next year. She completed her left hip last year and it looks great. She’s doing great with it.
“It’s the next challenge for him now. No questions, no more frustration. We talked a lot yesterday and at the end of the day when your body is telling you you can’t do it, you can’t do it. We’ll fix it and we’ll move on.”
Unofficially it marks the seventh post-season surgery in the last four years for Jhanu, who missed the last four games last season to deal with his first buttock illness.
Four seasons ago he marked the end of the year with the news that he would have four surgeries, which would be some sort of NHL record.
Trelewing said he’s not sure how long the buttocks have plagued the perennial 20-goal scorer, as he has a long history of playing through injuries, missing only 35 games in his nine-year career.
It goes a long way in explaining how the team’s strongest goal scorer has spent most of his career in charge of the fourth line which has seen him scratch for two games recently.
“Sean Hall is someone who plays through a lot of things without telling a lot of people,” Trelewing said.
“I know Shawn has faced a lot of criticism and I think there are a lot of bulls out there, to be completely honest with you.
“This guy pays through a lot of things and I think it’s wrong for people to challenge or question him. Most people there can’t play with one-third of what he has, and he keeps it to himself. “
Widely respected by the media and his teammates and staff, Monahan’s blow will be felt both on and off the ice.
The plan is to schedule surgery in a few days, with his rehabilitation planned for Calgary so he can stay close to the team as he prepares for the playoffs.
“Go to that house, there are 23 players who love that kid,” said Trelewing, a three-time 30-goal scorer who has only eight this year.
“He wears that letter for a reason. He is playing a different role from the previous seven-eight years. He doesn’t hate – he says, ‘What can I do to help the team?’ That’s what Shawn Monahan said. “
His last surgery took more than four months to fully recover.
“He’s still young, he’ll be back,” Trelewing said, adding that Monahan has a $ 6.375 million contract for another year.
“I can’t say enough good things about the guy.”
The injury makes it even more important that the center made a last-minute deal on the day of the acquisition of Ryan Carpenter to replace Brave Richardson, who was pardoned on the same day.
Trelewing said Oliver Killington would be on the board day after day after leaving the game against LA in the third after an awkward, face-to-face first clash.
Michael Stone will undoubtedly replace him in the second pairing with Chris Tanev on Saturday night against St. Louis.
Flems calls defender Connor Mackie from Stockton, who was skating with Flems on Saturday morning.