We have a trade to announce. That is the most fun sentence to read as a hockey fan these days as you know you are going to hear something exciting.
The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2027.
This is a very interesting trade for both sides. For Montreal, it is great asset management. The Habs acquired him from the Calgary Flames back in 2022 and it was an amazing trade for them. They were given a first-round pick just to take Monahan off their cap hit.
Now, they are getting another first-round pick from Winnipeg because he has played well enough to be wanted by contending teams ahead of the deadline.
The Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens each got what they needed
As for the Winnipeg Jets, they are getting a player that is going to help them win. He has played in 49 games this season with Montreal and he has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points.
If he can bring that type of production to Winnipeg, they'd be thrilled knowing the forward group they already had before he got there. Now, he might even find another gear by being in a playoff race with even better linemates.
You have to respect a team like the Jets. Over the summer, everyone thought they were going to rebuild because of the contract status of Connor Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele.
Well, they extended them both. Scheifele is their leading scorer and Hellebuyck is likely going to win the Vezina Trophy again.
They are now buying players ahead of the trade deadline and are making a legitimate run for the Stanley Cup.
They, along with the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche, could end up in any of the three Central Division spots which gives you a decent chance to make a deep playoff run.
Both teams deserve respect for making this trade. As mentioned before, the Habs were incredible with their asset management and the Jets are putting their best foot forward which is always admirable in sports.
Monahan has the rest of this season left on his contract. He is a UFA after this season so it will be interesting to see if the Jets try to bring him back after giving up a first round pick to get him. He can play any forward position in all situations so we'll see how he fits in on this team.