Matthew Tkachuk has told the Calgary Flames he will not re-sign with the club, multiple sources say Athleticismwhich means the 24-year-old All-Star forward’s trade should happen soon.
Tkachuk has not officially requested a trade, but the fact that the restricted free agent is unwilling to make a long-term commitment to Calgary is believed to be the driving force behind the decision to move him now.
In addition to informing the Flames that he will not be re-signing with the organization that selected him 6th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Tkachuk provided them with a list of teams with which he would accept a long – fixed-term contract, according to several sources. Tkachuk has some power over where he might land, given that teams likely won’t want to pay as high a trade price for him as a rental.
A source familiar with Tkachuk’s list said St. Louis, Vegas, Florida, Nashville and Dallas are options. New Jersey and the New York Rangers are also among other teams that have expressed interest in the past.
This week, Calgary requested arbitration from the elected clubs. A hearing is scheduled to take place between July 27 and August 11. The date of Tkachuk’s trial has not yet been announced. If the team and Tkachuk went to arbitration, a one-year contract would be awarded.
This procedural step gave the Flames time to hammer out a deal — either a sign and trade, which would allow for a maximum eight-year extension and possibly increase the size of the return, or simply a traditional trade including his signing rights. A long-term contract would likely have an annual average value of at least $9 million for Tkachuk, who had 42 goals and 104 points in 82 games last season. The left-winger was voted second-team All-Star.
At this point, it seems highly unlikely that the Flames could convince Tkachuk to re-sign, even though they offered him a huge contract and the captaincy. A source said Tkachuk is expected to be finally dealt with ahead of the arbitration hearing.
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