Only just 22 years old, Monahan has already tied Jarome Iginla for the most overtime-winning goals in franchise history (six). He's been just okay in four games so far on a Flames squad that's struggled out of the gate, but owners won't mind his two goals and nine shots on net.
Monahan (back) plans to play in Thursday night's preseason finale in Vancouver, Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia reports.
It would appear that Monahan is past the back strain that kept him out of the World Cup of Hockey and the beginning of the preseason. Barring a setback in Thursday's game, he should be all systems go when the Flames open the season in Edmonton next week. Entering his fourth year in the league, Monahan could be primed for a breakout season, especially if he plays alongside young gun Johnny Gaudreau consistently.
Monahan has been steadily improving and could return to action for the
Monahan skated by himself Tuesday and has now progressed to the point of rejoining his teammates on the ice. The 21-year-old center will need to shed his non-contact jersey before returning to game action but he's at least tracking towards being ready for the start of the regular season, if not earlier.
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.