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Sean Monahan's success with Flames surprising everyone except former coach

Sean Monahan, who played junior hockey in Ottawa with the 67's, celebrates a goal with his...

Sean Monahan, who played junior hockey in Ottawa with the 67's, celebrates a goal with his teammates. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency/Files)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

CALGARY - There aren’t many bigger supporters of Sean Monahan’s than Ottawa 67’s GM/head coach Chris Byrne.

Yet, despite the fact few in hockey will be affected more by Monahan’s expedited graduation to the NHL, Byrne insists he won’t be spending Wednesday checking his phone for a status update from his captain.

He knows — just as the rest of the hockey world does — what the Calgary Flames’ decision will be with regards to Monahan’s fate.

“Sometimes we complicate things,” Byrne says with a chuckle, pausing to dance around the obvious question.

“The guy is their leading scorer and he’s on the first powerplay unit. The bottom line is he’s helping them win games. Pretty simple.

“I haven’t bothered the Flames on a weekly basis. We talked after the Flames training camp and they were professional and clear. I’m sure they’ll let me know when they decide.”


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