The Calgary Flames are set for a very interesting summer and free agent frenzy period. Will they be able to re-sign Johnny Gaudreau to a long-term deal? Can they re-sign Matthew Tkachuk to a new deal or will they be forced to trade him?
Hailey Salvian on The Athletic reports if the Flames can’t get Tkachuk signed to a long-term deal next month, they should sell high on Tkachuk and get a big haul back.
NHL trade rumors had the St. Louis Blues interested in a Tkachuk trade earlier this year. Salvian states if the Blues and Flames discuss a trade, the Flames are asking for Jordan Kyrou, prospects such as Jake Neighbours and Zach Bolduc, and/or high draft picks.
If it does come to the Flames looking to trade Tkachuk, they asking price will be high, at a minimum they are asking for a very good, cost-controlled young player and a few first-round picks.
Tkachuk, 24, is coming off a breakout season of 42 goals and 104 points. If nothing is completed with Tkachuk and Calgary heading into July, you can look for the rumor mill to really ramp up.