Flames Re-Sign Matthew Tkachuk

by | Sep 25, 2019 | News, NHL, Rumors | 7 comments

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.

Calgary Flames re-sign Matthew Tkachuk to a three-year bridge contract (Photo via NHL Images).

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.


  1. Did this do the big last year thing?

  2. By my calculations right now with Tkachuk on the roster with his cap hit and Välimäki on LTIR the Flames have 23 players on their roster and are still over the cap by $235,791.00. So if they send a player down to the AHL to be cap compliant that will only leave 22 players on their roster.
    Am I missing something?

    • KevJam, as I point out in the rumors thread, “that will be covered by Valimaki’s $894,166 going on LTIR, but leaves them with just $335,791 in cap space. Insufficient to bring anyone up in the event of short-term injuries, so they either go with 22 in that event, or there’s another deal to come”

      Stay tuned

    • nhl.com: 23-man Roster
      There may be a maximum of 23 players on each Club’s playing roster at any one time from the commencement of the NHL regular season through the trade deadline. Prior to the start of the season, each Club must submit to the NHL its “Opening Day Playing Roster” which shall be comprised of not more than 23 players. Each Club must have a roster of at least 20 players, composed of 18 skaters and two goaltenders. Players on Injured Reserve do not count in the 23-man limit.

      So they can easily work with a 22 man roster

      • Yes, teams can certainly work with a 22-man roster – but when do it’s usually because they are so tight to the cap they can’t squeeze in a 23rd.

        And if, as so often happens with early season “nagging” injuries that sidelines a player only for 3 or 4 games, anyone with 22 (or less) runs into that problem, they get no cap relief because they are not long-term injuries and since they can’t call anyone up since it would put them over the cap, they have to run with no reserves at hand.

        There have been teams caught that way in the past and so they had to play a game or two with a shortened bench of 18 or 19. It’s a gamble which is why most teams like to leave themselves some “wiggle” room in the cap.

  3. Seems like a reasonable bridge deal that makes sense and I’m glad Tkachuk won’t be missing any further time moving forward.

  4. I thought the players called up are cap hits on a daily basis not annual