While Matthew Tkachuk could become a limited free agent this summer, and possibly free as air next year, the future of the Alberta striker raises questions.
Journalist Hailey Salvian recently wrote on the site Atletico who believes the Flames might consider swapping Tkachuk if they “feel unsure about Tkachuk’s desire to stay” in Calgary or are unable to reach a long-term deal with the 24-year-old.
Tkachuk is coming out of a career best season with 42 goals and 104 points in 82 games in the final year of a three-year contract worth a total of $ 21 million.
Salvian notes that the Flames will have to be careful if they decide to trade Tkachuk, citing as an example what the Ottawa Senators got in return from Mark Stone in 2019. Central to that compensation, Erik Brannstrom is slow to establish himself at the top -4 defensive of the senators. . Salvian adds that what the Senators got in exchange for Erik Karlsson, namely several quality draft picks and a group of players including Josh Norris in particular, should inspire the Flames more. However, the Flames would rather look for a player who can help them next year
In addition to the uncertainty surrounding Tkachuk, the Flames also risk losing top scorer Johnny Gaudreau in the free agent market, which opens on 13 July. Salvian argues that the Flames should retire if Gaudreau’s camp demand exceeds $ 10.5 million a year for an eight-year contract, as his contract is likely to set the team’s standard for Tkachuk this summer. Not to mention that Andrew Mangiapane and Oliver Kylington, who will become limited free agents, will also have to be signed.
According to CapFriendly, the Flames have just under $ 27 million in salary, with 12 players currently under contract.
No reconstruction in Dallas
New Dallas Stars manager Peter DeBoer made it clear Wednesday that the plan for his team is not to start a rebuild.
“I want to win a Stanley Cup,” DeBoer said at a press conference. “I’ve been to two finals (Stanley Cup) and five conference finals in the past ten years. When you are this close to the goal, this is your only motivation. Dallas wasn’t the only team I interviewed with.
“I wanted to make sure that no matter where I choose to go, the only criterion for me would be to work with good people and have a chance to win a Stanley Cup. That we weren’t in a rebuilding situation. “
The Stars were eliminated in seven games in the first round of the playoffs by the Calgary Flames, after missing the 2021 playoffs. Dallas reached the Stanley Cup final just two years ago against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 playoff bubble.
According to the CapFriendly website, the Stars have a margin of maneuver of 19.5 million dollars this summer. Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger could become limited free agents, while John Klingberg could become a free agent.