Most insiders believe big changes are coming for the Calgary Flames. Until now, the names involved in those changes included Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, with some potentially other small pieces thrown into the mix. But, a recent report by Don Brennan of The Ottawa Sun suggests there’s an even bigger name that could be moved if the right deal were to be offered to general manager Brad Treliving.
Brennan doesn’t seem to have it on good authority that Matthew Tkachuk is actually available, but the scribe believes that Calgary should be open to entertaining offers. He writes, “They should also be open to offers on Matthew Tkachuk, who has one season left at $7 mil before becoming a RFA.” Noting his production has dropped and his leadership skills brought into question, this might be the right time to make a move.
He suggests that a team who has a plethora of prospects and picks could potentially pluck Tkachuk from the Flames and that Calgary might be open to the idea as part of the massive overhaul.
Brennan does suggest this isn’t a priority for Calgary, but that Treliving won’t be so quick to push aside the idea, especially if the Ottawa Senators come calling.
Brennan writes that having the brothers play together makes a lot of sense. He notes:
… if you fancy yourself as a team that’s on the rise, and you really do believe you have a plethora of good prospects, maybe you should see what you can do to arrange for the Tkachuk boys to wear the same logo. That could bring out the very best in both.
What Would It Cost the Senators?
Brennan wondered what the asking price would be and how much more Ottawa would have to offer beyond this year’s high first-round pick and Logan Brown, to get a deal done? That first will be a high-quality player and Logan Brown is no joke.
It might not take a lot more if the Flames believe part of the issue is team leadership and Matthew Tkachuk is heavily responsible for a lack of it. Not only has Matthew not produced offensively as expected — 30 points in 45 games — but his decision-making has been called into question often and there seems to be times that the team is clearly frustrated with his antics.
Matthew is the kind of player you typically love having play for you but hate to play against. That said, it’s easy to cross over that line, where you become a player you wonder if he should keep playing for you. Perhaps the Senators believe the two brothers would have a calming, yet productive impact on one another.
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