Flames Re-Sign Matthew Tkachuk
The Calgary Flames announced the re-signing of Matthew Tkachuk to a three-year, $21-million contract. The 21-year-old left-winger will earn an annual average value of $7 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent speculation suggested Tkachuk and the Flames weren’t close to a deal. But with the regular season opening next week and Tkachuk missing most of training camp and preseason, it’s apparent both sides didn’t want to waste more time hammering out an agreement.
It’s a decent short-term deal for both sides. A rising power forward, Tkachuk tallied a career-high 77 points last season. That performance earned him a significant raise coming out of his entry-level contract. He’s now the highest-paid Flame in terms of the annual salary-cap hit. With most of his prime playing years ahead of him, he’ll be in line for a more lucrative deal next time around, when he’ll have salary-arbitration rights.
Tkachuk’s new deal provides the Flames with a reasonable cap hit that doesn’t push them too far above this season’s $81.5-million cap. They’ll have to shed over $658K (stick tap to Cap Friendly) to become cap compliant. However, they could achieve that by demoting a lower-salaried depth player instead of trading a more valuable, higher-salaried one.
The Tkachuk signing whittles the field of notable unsigned restricted free agents down to three: Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen and Winnipeg Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor.