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2022 New York Rangers Offseason

Calgary is likely going to trade Matthew Tkachuk

Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk has informed the Flames that he is not interested in signing a long-term deal and he is now expected to be traded. (The Athletic)

Tkachuk is an RFA and can be a UFA next summer. A new contract for him is expected to surpass his current qualifying offer of $9 million.


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Tkachuk has reportedly provided a list of teams that he would sign long-term with including St. Louis, Vegas, Florida and Nashville. The Rangers and Devils are noted as teams that have expressed interest in Tkachuk in the past. (The Athletic)

In January, The Athletic mentioned the Rangers as one of a few teams, along with St. Louis, Dallas, Vegas and Nashville that Tkachuk would have interest in.

The Athletic also mentioned in January that the Rangers had inquired about Tkachuk the prior year and were quoted a price of two first round picks and an established NHLer.

Tkachuk, 24, had 42 goals and 62 assists last season. He has played most of his career at LW, but did play RW last season on a line with Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm that was one of the best lines in hockey. (The Athletic)

Adam Rotter: It’s not a surprise that the Rangers have been linked to Tkachuk as a) he’s an excellent young player that would easily have fit into the re-build/build phase b) he has the snarl and tough to play against traits that they were/are still looking for. The issue is that they just can’t accommodate another $9+ million dollar cap hit….without moving Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba or some combination of players that would drastically deplete their depth. Kreider and Trouba both have no-move clauses and they are both huge parts of the team on and off the ice. Considering that Tkachuk is a LW, you’d think that Kreider would be the player moved, but there is an almost 0% chance that the Rangers do anything with Kreider in any way. In fact, the only thing that the Rangers may do with Kreider is stitch a “C” on the front of his jersey.

Asset wise the Rangers could definitely make any kind of deal with Calgary. They have young NHLers, they have prospects and guys who can immediately step into their lineup. But they don’t have the cap space and so a potential trade seems very far fetched.

St. Louis, where Tkachuk is from, always seemed like where he would end up, but most everyone though that Johnny Gaudreau was going to end up with his hometown Flyers.