SUNRISE, Fla. — Matthew Tkachuk is being traded to the Florida Panthers, a part of a blockbuster that sends Jonathan Huberdeau to the Calgary Flames in a swap of gamers who’re every coming off the very best season of their careers, the groups introduced on Friday.
Tkachuk will signal an extension with Florida as effectively, the staff stated in its assertion. Tkachuk determined earlier within the week that he wouldn’t settle for such a deal to remain in Calgary — which instantly led to commerce talks and no scarcity of suitors across the NHL desirous to land him.
The Panthers, a staff that received the President’s Trophy this previous season for having the NHL’s greatest regular-season report, apparently wished him greater than most.
They gave up Huberdeau, Florida’s profession chief in video games, assists and factors, to make it occur – together with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, with different property additionally to be concerned within the commerce. The transfer additionally breaks up one of many high duos in hockey, after Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov fashioned a 1-2 punch like few others with Florida lately.
However it by no means translated into the kind of playoff success that Florida is in search of. The Panthers received a playoff sequence this previous season for the primary time since 1996, then acquired swept by Tampa Bay within the second spherical and scored solely three targets in these 4 video games.
Tkachuk had profession bests of 42 targets, 62 assists and 104 factors this previous season for Calgary. Huberdeau tied a profession greatest with 30 targets for Florida, plus set marks with 85 assists and 115 factors – each of these being franchise information for the Panthers as effectively.
The commerce means Calgary is with out its two main scorers from this previous season. Johnny Gaudreau, who led the Flames with 115 factors, signed a seven-year take care of Columbus as a free agent final week.
Huberdeau additionally was extension-eligible this summer season, and the Panthers had a choice to make – decide to him with a long-term, big-money deal, or look to make one other splashy transfer.
Tkachuk is 24, Huberdeau is 29, and that certainly was one thing that went into Florida’s considering when deciding about making an eight-year dedication. The age is likely one of the few issues that separates Tkachuk and Huberdeau on paper: each are about 6-foot-2, each about 200 kilos, each are left wings, each have averaged about 9 factors for each 10 video games performed of their NHL careers, Huberdeau was the No. three decide within the 2011 draft, Tkachuk the No. 6 decide within the 2016 draft.