Fans Stunned By The Return The Calgary Flames Got For Matthew Tkachuk
Some fans were a little stunned by the return that Calgary Flames star forward Matthew Tkachuk was able to fetch.
Just a few days ago, it was reported that the 24-year-old informed the Flames that he won’t be signing a new contract with the team.
It did not take long after that for Tkachuk to get moved – but how quickly he was traded and the haul the Flames got was a bit shocking.
The Florida Panthers late Friday night completed a deal that sent the Flames all-star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, first-pairing defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, a conditional 2025 first-round pick and prospect Cole Schwindt.
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Here are some of the top reactions by some of the fans and members of the media.
The Matthew Tkachuk Trade was
THAT'S SPICY pic.twitter.com/Q5EbW83SYY
— Ryan Mead (@OhRyanMead) July 23, 2022
This league is so unserious how does Matthew Tkachuk get you Huberdeau, Weegar and a first while Alex DeBrincat gets you a first and a second
— Beata (@CBeataE) July 23, 2022
matthew tkachuk now gets to experience paul maurice pic.twitter.com/1VSrZ6Rw1K
— celia ??♀️? (@cepremacy) July 23, 2022
The Calgary Flames had no leverage and still acquired Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt and a first-round pick for Matthew Tkachuk.
Brad Treliving out here playing chess.
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) July 23, 2022
There needs to be a documentary on how Bill Zito transformed the Florida Panthers into a contender then blew it in 5 months.
3 first round picks
2 months of Claude Giroux
2 Months of Ben Chiarot
— RUN IT BACK ?? (@LeafsNeedGod) July 23, 2022
In addition to the trade, Tkachuk signed an eight-year contract worth $76 million with the Panthers, which comes with an average annual value (AAV) of $9.5 million
Tkachuk told Sportsnet that he decided that Calgary wasn’t the place he wanted his future to be after the restricted free agency period on July 13.
“There’s a lot that went into it,” Tkachuk said.
“There’s no single reason why I left At the end of the day, I wanted to re-evaluate where I’m at, and after talking to a few teams I did that, and kind of came down to that conclusion. I didn’t know what my decision was going to be until that talking period. It all changed then.”
Next up, it’ll be interesting to see if the Flames will re-sign Huberdeau, who is scheduled to be a free agent.
Huberdeau, who will turn 30-years-old when his next contract kicks in, is an elite playmaker who is coming off a 115-point season.
Also, it’ll be interesting to see how both teams benefit from the deal.
We know that Tkachuk is a more valuable asset than Huberdeau but how will the Panthers be affected after losing star center Claude Giroux in free agency and their first-pairing defenseman?
The changes will make the Flames and the Panthers teams to watch for the upcoming 2022-2023 regular season.
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