Calgary Flames centre Sean Monahan revealed at the team’s final media availability of the season that he will undergo wrist surgery in the upcoming days.

That news, of course, prevents Monahan from attending next month’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

“They did ask me and I’d love to go,” said Monahan. “I’m going to get some kinks out of (his wrist) and be ready to go for next season.”

After being ousted from the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 4 on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames addressed the media on Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

One-by-one, they filed out of their exit meetings and tried to sum up their 2016-17 National Hockey League campaign in 10 minutes or less.

Monahan’s news was a surprise considering he was arguably Calgary’s best forward against the Anaheim Ducks, scoring powerplay goals in all four games of the Flames abbreviated post-season run.

The 22-year-old scored 27 goals and 31 assists in 82 regular season games.

“I think, obviously, you go the playoffs and we worked as hard as we did to get there,” Monahan said. “To be on this team, it’s a good team. Getting that experience for this group and myself, obviously, it was my second time in the playoffs.

“We know how important it is to step up and be good in those kind of situations.”

While Mark Giordano is pondering the idea of attending worlds — although the Flames captain hasn’t heard from Team Canada brass — winger Johnny Gaudreau will represent the U.S.

But, according to the 23-year-old, it doesn’t make this time of the year any easier.

“I think just personally, I didn’t want the season to be over here,” Gaudreau said. “I wanted to keep playing and I think we deserved to still be playing. For me, I think going over there …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

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