Calgary Flames trade Matthew Tkachuk to Florida Panthers – Calgary

The Calgary Flames bid a bittersweet farewell to Johnny Gaudreau at the start of NHL free agency.

Now he is separating from his partner.

The Florida Panthers announced Friday night that they have acquired forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-round pick from Calgary.

The Flames received forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Cole Schwindt, defenseman McKenzie Weegar and the Panthers’ Lattery-protected 2025 first-round pick.

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Florida also said Tkachuk has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth US$76 million.

“Matthew is a strong, physical competitor with a tremendous unique skill set,” Panthers GM Bill Zito said in a statement.

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“He is a consistently elite offensive contributor and has emerged as one of the most complete and dynamic young players in the National Hockey League.

“We are thrilled to be able to add ethnic talent to our lineup.”

Takachuk reportedly informed the Flames after Gaudreau signed a seven-year, US$68.25 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets when the market opened that he too would not be in Calgary long-term.

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The club filed for salary arbitration with Tkachuk, a restricted free agent, to end the possibility of an offer sheet — which the Flames said is part of the process of coming to terms on an extension.

Tkachuk’s hearing was set for August 11, the last day of the proceedings.

Huberdeau had a career-high 115 points last season, including an NHL-best 85 assists. The 29-year-old appeared in 671 career games with Florida, recording 198 goals and 415 assists.

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Weger had 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) with Florida last year. The 28-year-old has played in 306 career NHL games, all with the Panthers, and has recorded 121 points (27 goals, 94 assists).

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“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we would like to thank Jonathan and McKenzie for their tremendous contributions to the Florida Panthers, both on and off the ice, during their tenure in South Florida,” Zito said. of the”. “They’ve both opened up to exceptional players and people.

“Their contributions as players and people left an indelible mark on our franchise and we wish them both every success in the future.”

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The Calgary Flames signed Matthew Tkachuk to a 3-year contract.

Calgary Flames sign Matthew Tkachuk to 3-year contract – September 25, 2019

And while Calgary fans will be upset about losing two-thirds of their team’s top line in short order, the Flames got something for the 24-year-old Tkachuk after losing the 28-year-old Gaudreau for no reason.

The duo combined with Elias Lindholm to score 82 goals and 219 points on the Flames’ top line.

Tkachuk set career highs for goals (40), assists (62) and points.

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The St. Louis, Arizona native registered 152 goals and 382 points in 431 regular season games with Calgary. Selected sixth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Tkachuk added seven goals and eight assists in 27 postseason appearances.

The Flames finished first in the Pacific Division before falling to the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the playoffs — Alberta’s first postseason appearance since 1991.

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Calgary’s veteran roster, which includes goaltender and Vezina Trophy finalist Jacob Markstrom, will now look to regroup and move forward by cutting two of its best offensive threats.

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