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Several Flames skaters head into the off-season nursing a variety of maladies


Based on his four-game sample in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's the last thing you would've expected Sean Monahan to announce Friday.

A bum wrist.

Monahan, who scored four goals (all power play markers) in their four-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks, will undergo wrist surgery.

"I think it's pretty minimal surgery," said Monahan, who led the Flames with five points (four goals, one assist) in the playoffs, and became the first player in NHL history to score in four straight games in a series his team was swept when the Flames fell in four games to the Ducks.

"It's going to be quick here. I'm going to get it done and I'll be ready to train here soon. 

"It's been a while. It's been off and on. Just kind of battle through it. I think this summer is the right time to do the surgery and I'm looking forward to it not bothering me any more."

The 22-year-old revealed the malady when prompted about a potential participation at the IIHF 2017 World Hockey Championship. 

"[Hockey Canada] did ask me and unfortunately, I would love to go, but I've got to do some work on my wrist," Monahan said. "I'm going to get surgery here in the next couple days and get some kinks out of there and be ready to go."

Monahan led Calgary with 27 goals and was second with 58 points in 82 regular season games.

He's not alone on the post-season IR.

Forward Michael Frolik isn't medically cleared and will not have the opporuntiy to represent the Czech Republic at the World Championship, and linemate Mikael Backlund was also bothered by a bad back.

Defenceman Dougie Hamilton will finally be offered an opportunity to rest up after his leg was cut by a skate in a 5-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on March 9. 

"Definitely when it first happened it was tough," said Hamilton, who played 81 games and led Calgary's defence with 13 goals and 50 points. "I couldn't walk. I still … I get chirped about it by guys on the team that it's just going to become permanent now. Hopefully I can get rid of it for next year.

"I think I'm lucky that I was able to skate on it. I said if I was in a running sport or something like that I wouldn't be playing. If it was basketball or something like that I wouldn't be able to play. I just tried to do my best with the skating and luckily I was able to skate on it and keep playing."

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