The Calgary Flames’ offseason is in…well…flames. Having already lost star Johnny Gaudreau, who decided to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2022 NHL Free Agency, the Flames appear to also be on the verge of parting ways with winger Matthew Tkachuk, who had already told Calgary earlier that he is not interested in inking a long-term deal with the team.
With that decision, a looming trade for Matthew Tkachuk is starting to look inevitable, with the Flames still set to have a hearing on their club-elected arbitration with the star left winger. Meanwhile, in a recent appearance on 102.5 & 106.3 The Game, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic floated the name of the Nashville Predators as a team that has seemingly been on the radar of Matthew Tkachuk. Whether the Predators are a team the Flames would consider sending Tkachuk to, however, is something that remains to be seen.
"Nashville has definitely drawn the interest of Matthew Tkachuk in the past year." – @jprutherford on @1025TheGame
— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) July 21, 2022
With Gaudreau and Tkachuk leading them, the Flames managed to rack up 111 points in the 2021-22 NHL regular season. They were among the teams considered serious contenders for the Stanley Cup that season, but Calgary did not even manage to get out of the second round where they fell prey to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
It would be interesting to see the kind of package teams would be willing to give up for Matthew Tkachuk, who collected a total of 104 points last season, scoring 42 goals and recording 62 helpers. The Predators have over $8.4 million in projected cap space for the 2022-23 NHL season and could be a fit for Tkachuk, especially after finishing just 12th last season in goals per contest.