The three paths forward for the Calgary Flames with Matthew Tkachuk
With the recent news that star winger Matthew Tkachuk won’t be signing a long-term contract in Calgary, the Flames are suddenly faced with an extremely tough decision. What do they do with him? There appears to be three paths forward for the Flames:
Option 1: Calgary keeps M. Tkachuk for the year with whatever contract he is awarded in arbitration.
Positive: Having Tkachuk in the lineup for another potential Stanley Cup run.
Negative: Losing him in Free Agency after the season and getting nothing in return. After having just lost Johnny Gaudreau, this would be terrible asset management from the Flames.
Option 2: Calgary trades M. Tkachuk to a team he is unlikely to sign a long-term contract with.
Positive: Receiving compensation for him instead of losing him for nothing in Free Agency.
Negative: These teams will be offering less in a trade knowing they likely will not have Tkachuk for more than one season.
Option 3: Calgary trades M. Tkachuk to a team he will sign a long-term contract with.
Positive: Receiving compensation for him instead of losing him for nothing in Free Agency. Will receive more compensation from these teams because if they can sign him long term it will be enough to justify trading more assets.
Negative: These teams will likely know they are a preferred destination for Tkachuk and therefore will try to use that to their advantage in negotiations.
Calgary would most definitely prefer to lock up Matt Tkachuk to a long-term deal but that’s not going to happen so now they have to make a decision that will be best for the franchise. Although none of these are ideal we will likely see Option 3 with Tkachuk then signing a long-term extension wherever he ends up once the trade is complete.