CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan
is excited to come home.
The Calgary Flames signed the restricted free agent center to a seven-year contract Friday.
“I’m so excited to be here,” he said. “This is where I wanted to be and a seven-year commitment is huge. To play here is pretty special. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. This is a real exciting time for me. It’s a special day.
“I don’t want to play anywhere else. I signed as long as I could. We found a seven-year fit. It’s fair for both of us. It’s a good deal. That’s how it worked out.”
The 21-year-old Monahan was second on the Flames with 27 goals and 63 points in 81 games last season.
He tied for the team lead with 31 goals in 2014-15, and has had back-to-back seasons of at least 60 points.
“Many that follow our team on a regular basis know the importance and the important role Sean has on our team,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “This agreement not only speaks to what Sean’s done in the league, but where he’s going and what we think he’s going to do. This is a young player who has established himself as a top player, an important player in the league, but is still in a growth pattern. This is a young guy who’s going to get better.
“He represents the commitment that we have to grow this group. Sean has been an important player in his three years, coming in at the tender age of 18. He represents an important player as we grow forward and move forward as an organization.”
The Flames drafted Monahan in the first round (No. 6) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
He leads his draft class with 80 goals and 159 points.
“When you’re making the type of commitment you want to, in most cases, get it for as long as you can,” Treliving said. “It focuses a lot on his age. He’s at the ripe old age of 21, soon to be 22. We look at this at securing Sean for really the prime years of his career. As much as we joke all the time what takes so long in negotiation, just two things, term and money, and you have to balance them out.
“To get Sean at this time of number for this type of term worked for us. I think it fits in when you look at the age of the core group of our players, it fits in terms of having him locked up as a key piece and a key pillar of this team for the next seven years, which we think are going to be very productive years for Sean.”
Monahan is up for the challenge.
“It’s about winning and that’s what I’m committed to do here,” Monahan said. “I want to win. That’s the goal. A seven-year commitment is special. I’m so happy that it’s done and now we can get going and try to win a championship here.
“I want to be here and I want to win here. I’ve talked to a lot of guys who have been here for a long time and guys that have retired and have won the Stanley Cup here. It’s a special city to play in. It’s home now. I’m excited to be here and I couldn’t be happier to be here.”