Flames’ Monahan misses world junior to learn NHL lessons

Calgary Flames Sean Monahan reacts after a Tampa Bay Lightning goal, during NHL Hockey in Calgary,...

Calgary Flames Sean Monahan reacts after a Tampa Bay Lightning goal, during NHL Hockey in Calgary, Alta. on Friday January 3, 2014. Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

CALGARY - Sean Monahan has been struggling for the Calgary Flames.

Team Canada is coming home empty-handed from the world junior tournament.

Connect the dots, and it would be easy — almost too easy — to argue the 19-year-old Flames centre should have been excused for a few weeks to represent his country in Malmo, Sweden.

Not so fast.

“This is where I wanted to be,” Monahan reiterated after Sunday’s practice at the Saddledome. “My goal was to make the team at the start of the year, and I think for them to keep me instead of sending me to the world juniors, that’s a pretty big honour.”

Although he has Calgary’s only snipe since the Christmas break and is one of just a half-dozen rookies to have hit double-digits in goals at the midway mark of the NHL season, there’s no denying Monahan has been on a bit of on-ice rollercoaster ride in recent weeks.


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