The flames could disinvest Matthew Tkachuk


It’s not just in New York that tough choices will have to be made this summer.

Contracts of several key players will be extended in Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau will be UFA and Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Tkachuk and Oliver Kylington will become RFA. With just under $ 27 million available under the salary cap, Brad Treliving has leeway to get all four back to Alberta.

Gaudreau is likely to ask for a lot more money than the other three. That said, The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian thinks that if Gaudreau asks for more than $ 10.5 million, Calgary would have to pull out of the negotiations. Perhaps the American deserves that amount (and a team would give it to him), but the Flames need to save especially for Mangiapane and Tkachuk.

What’s good for the roster is that no major player (unless you think Milan Lucic is one of them) will become free as air after the 2022-23 season.

So the Flames have a margin of maneuver, bigger than the Rangers, let’s say …

It is in 2024-2025 that Toffoli, Backlund, Hanifin, Lindholm, Dubé and Tanev will no longer have contracts. But at that point, several things are likely to change.

Salvian also believes that if Calgary feels uncertain about Tkachuk’s desire to stay in Calgary, he may just trade it. At 24, the American could soon become an unlimited free agent and that’s when the Flames could lose him for nothing.

If the outsider didn’t want to settle in Calgary, trading it now would bring a lot more than it would in the next few years, when it became UFA.

In 2021-2022, the eldest of the Tkachuk brothers had the best season of his career. In 82 games he has accumulated 104 points, including 42 goals.

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