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What the Tkachuk/Huberdeau blockbuster trade means for both the Flames and Panthers

Late Friday evening, the Flames and Panthers completed a blockbuster trade which saw Florida lock up Tkachuk to an 8 year contract while Calgary makes out with a decent return considering the bind they found themselves in.

To Florida:

  • Matthew Tkachuk (signed to 8 years x $9,500,000)

To Calgary:

  • Jonathan Huberdeau (1 year x $5,900,000)

  • MacKenzie Weegar (1 year x $3,250,000)

  • Cole Schwindt (2019 3rd Round Pick, 81st overall)

  • 1st Round Pick

The Florida Panthers were able to secure a high scoring wrecking ball with the acquisition of Matthew Tkachuk. Despite the costly package they put together to acquire the young winger, the Panthers’ ability to lock him up to a long term contract justifies the cost especially if Huberdeau and Weegar were unlikely to re-sign in the Sunshine State.

The Calgary Flames were able to piece together a fairly significant return for an asset they were forced to rid themselves of anyways. Even if Huberdeau and Weegar leave the team during free agency in the 2023 offseason this trade still serves its purpose by extending their window to win for at least one more season while also acquiring assets for the future both with Cole Schwindt and the 1st Round Pick.

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