Monahan (back) skated on his own early Tuesday morning, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports.
Monahan remains day-to-day with his back strain, but his returning to the ice even in a limited capacity should be considered a big step in the rehab process.
Monahan is listed as day-to-day with his back strain.
The Flames are playing it safe with Monahan after watching the stud pivot strain his back while training earlier this month. Training camp is still in its infancy and yet GM Brad Treliving has already addressed the media with injury updates to Monahan, Mikael Backlund (concussion) and defenseman Ladislav Smid, who has been ruled out for the season due to a neck injury.
Monahan has done light skating and solo drills this week as he looks to fully recover from an offseason back injury, the Calgary Sun reports.
Monahan decided against participating in the World Cup of Hockey due to his strained back, which seems like a wise decision given that the international tournament promises to be highly physical and several players have already withdrawn from the event due to injuries. Having signed a seven-year, $44.625 million contract extension this summer, the Flames will be expecting a huge season from Monahan, the sixth overall pick of 2013. He'll patrol the top line and first power-play unit with the help of proven playmaker Johnny Gaudreau at left wing.
Monahan's ailment isn't expected to keep him sidelined for too long, so this is probably just a precautionary move for the 21-year-old forward. It seems likely that the
According to General Fanager, Monahan will make $44.1 million over the life of the contract, which takes him through the 2022-23 season. Just 21 years old, the burgeoning center has amassed 58 goals and 67 helpers between the last two campaigns while thriving on the top power-play unit with Johnny Gaudreau, a restricted free agent likely next in line for a new deal from the Flames.