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Sean Monahan, Flames close to contract: report

Restricted free agent center could sign for seven or eight years @NHLdotcom

Restricted free agent center Sean Monahan and the Calgary Flames are close to agreeing to a long-term contract, the Calgary Sun reported Thursday.

Monahan, 21, likely will sign a seven- or eight-year contract, according to the report. He was second on the Flames with 27 goals and 63 points in 81 games last season.

"I'd say sooner than later," Monahan's agent, Pat Morris, told the Calgary Sun when asked how long before the sides agree to a contract. "The process had a lot of general discussions for a long time but it started to pick up steam at the [2016 NHL] Draft. And still, at that time I believe other than [Florida Panthers forward Aleksander] Barkov, nobody was signed then. Was Calgary waiting for the market to fill in? That would be for them to speak on."

Barkov signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $35.4 million on Jan. 25. 

Monahan was Calgary's first-round pick (No. 6) at the 2013 NHL Draft. He has 80 goals and 79 assists in 237 career games.

Johnny Gaudreau, who led the Flames last season with 30 goals and 78 points, also is a restricted free agent.

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