The Calgary Flames traded Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for a package that includes 115 point scorer Jonathan Huberdeau.
As part of the trade, Tkachuk signed an eight-year deal worth $9.5 million per season.
The full trade is Tkachuk and a 2025 conditional 4th round pick from Calgary to Florida for Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, 2019 third rounder Cole Schwindt and a lottery protected 2025 first round pick.
Huberdeau and Weegar are both slated to become UFA after this season.
Adam Rotter: This is a huge deal that sees Florida break up some of their core and sends Tkachuk into the same conference as the Rangers. The Rangers didn’t have the cap space and the only kind of deal that would have worked to clear the needed cap space would have likely included Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow, with possibly more, going back the other way. That would have severely depleted the Rangers for a player in Tkachuk that is great and someone who can be built around, but also not a major need with the forward group they’ve constructed. You could have said the same about the Panthers, but they put themselves into a situation where they probably couldn’t have signed Huberdeau and Weegar. It’s an interesting trade and Calgary does well to get back some of the depth they lost in Tkachuk and Gaudreau. Maybe the Flames sign those two long-term or maybe the Flames struggle this year and Huberdeau joins JT Miller as a possible second option, behind Patrick Kane, for the Rangers at the deadline.