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Flames won't send rookie Monahan back to junior

The Flames have decided rookie Sean Monahan has done enough to stay with the big club this season....

The Flames have decided rookie Sean Monahan has done enough to stay with the big club this season. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Sean Monahan will be looking for a long-term place to stay in Calgary.

That is, unless veteran winger Jiri Hudler is happy to keep the club's red-hot rookie in his home for the season.

The Calgary Flames announced Wednesday before their practice in Glendale, Ariz., and subsequent trip to Dallas for their next game, that the club's 2013 first-round draft choice will remain with the big club for the rest of the season.

Monahan, 19, could have been returned to the junior ranks prior to his 10th NHL game and the first year of his entry-level contract would carry over to next season.

However, having netted nine points in nine games, including a team-best six goals, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound centre chosen sixth overall this past summer essentially forced the team to keep him on the big club.


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