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Calgary Could Be A Better Team In The Playoffs

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Seven weeks before puck drop, and the debate around every backyard barbecue in Calgary is in full froth:

Are the re-tooled Flames better than last year?

Is a team that lost two 100-point players for the first time in the NHL’s cap era actually better off with the additions Brad Treliving cobbled together?

The signing of prized free agent Nazem Kadri Thursday, made possible by trading Sean Monahan, has fueled a discussion that has most people believing the 2022-23 Flames have actually improved over last year’s division-winning squad.

Without the NHL’s most dominant line at their disposal, it says here they’ll be in tough to eclipse the 111-points the team had last season.

However, there’s no disputing the team is now better positioned for playoff success than it was with Johnny Gaudreau as the face of the franchise.

Simply look down the middle, where Treliving and Darryl Sutter have long focused on building winners.

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Sean Monahan Headed To Montreal

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Word Is Nazem Kadri To The Calgary Flames

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Late Evening Contract News On Jonathan Huberdeau

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The Exit In Calgary

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

...after missing the playoffs again in Tavares’s final season, the Islanders went out the next year, made the playoffs and won a round. The following year, they won two rounds. Then in the 2020-21 season, under general Lou Lamoriello and head coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders came within one win of qualifying for their first Stanley Cup final since the glory years of the early 1980s.

So, the Flames can surely use the Islanders as an encouraging case study after being rocked by the stunning back-to-back departures of star left-winger Johnny Gaudreau and hard-nosed forward Matthew Tkachuk.

Gaudreau walked out the door for Columbus as a free agent, leaving only cap space behind, while Tkachuk, after indicating he would not re-sign next summer, was dealt to Florida for star winger Jonathan Huberdeau, defenceman MacKenzie Weegar, a minor-league prospect and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick.

The departures of two U.S.-born players, four years after American collegian Adam Fox refused to sign with the Flames and went on to win a Norris Trophy elsewhere, creates some existential questions that will take some time to answer.

Do the Flames have a problem with keeping elite American players? Does it have something to do with playing in Calgary, or Alberta, or Canada? Or are the various situations completely different?

With Fox, the team exhausted all avenues in trying to get him signed and ultimately dealt him to Carolina, a swap that netted the Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm. With Gaudreau, the Flames were at first understanding of his desire to play closer to his New Jersey roots after 11 years in the Calgary organization, then emotionally wounded when he decided Columbus would do just fine despite the fact it was seven hours west of his hometown.

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The Return For Matthew Tkachuk

from Eric Francis,

Admit it Flames fans, you gasped.

You saw the haul Brad Treliving got in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk late Friday and you had to catch your breath.

What a refreshing twist to end a nightmarish fortnight in which everyone in Calgary felt like they’d been punched in the gut.

Twice.

Despite being limited to dealing with just a few teams, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving pulled a sizable rabbit out of his hat to give his organization and its fan base the shot in the arm they needed.

The shot they deserved.

Treliving bounced back from a spell of unprecedented loss to land four significant assets for Tkachuk in a blockbuster that included one of only seven men who had more points than the serial mouthguard chewer.

A bona fide superstar, Jonathan Huberdeau.

Fresh off tying Johnny Gaudreau for second in league scoring with 115 points, the man who just set a record for the most assists in an NHL season by a left winger (85) will now patrol the left side of Calgary’s top line.

Yes, a playmaker every bit as good as Gaudreau.

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Nothing Like A Blockbuster Trade On A Friday Just Before Midnight

from Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames have traded star winger Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2025 to the Florida Panthers in a blockbuster for Jonathan Huberdeau, Mackenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-round pick in 2025.

Tkachuk is signing an eight-year deal worth $9.5 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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A Logical Trade For Matthew Tkachuk

from Eric Duhatschek of The Atletic,

The St. Louis Blues make the most sense as a trade partner, with the New Jersey Devils as a strong No. 2. The most complicated part of the equation in sending Tkachuk home to St. Louis is wading through all the no-trade clauses the Blues have given their players over the years. Our Blues correspondent Jeremy Rutherford outlined five scenarios here.

My ideal package is slightly different and would include Jordan Kyrou (something for today and tomorrow), plus Vladimir Tarasenko (to make the salary-cap numbers work), and either a first-round pick or one of their top two prospects (Jake Neighbours or Zachary Bolduc).

Tarasenko is the stumbling block. Even though he requested a trade a year ago, he does have a no-move clause. Convincing him to waive it to go to Calgary seems like a significant challenge. The Tampa Bay Lightning showed it’s possible to muscle a player out of the leverage a no-trade or no-move clause provides by wheeling Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators, but it can be complicated and isn’t the work of a moment.

Realistically, the Flames have two holes to fill here — one caused by Gaudreau’s departure, the other by Tkachuk potentially leaving. And while, in a perfect world, you’d far rather have Gaudreau and Tkachuk in your top three, replacing them for the 2022-23 season with Kyrou and Tarasenko is making the best of a bad situation.

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Matthew Tkachuk To The Rangers Will Not Happen

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have neither the cap space nor the means to create it. Wishing it so doesn’t make it achievable.

But maybe, you say, maybe there is a chance that Jacob Trouba would waive his no-move clause. Maybe that’s how the Blueshirts could clear $8 million.

Maybe, you suggest, maybe Artemi Panarin would be willing to waive his no-move clause in the wake of his disappointing playoffs. Maybe that’s how the club could clear $11.64 million.

Yes, and maybe I will sprout a foot this summer and join Jalen Brunson on the Knicks in October.

Here is the incontrovertible fact. The Blueshirts have seven players carrying cap hits of at least $5 million per. Five of them have no-move clauses through at least 2023-24. They would be Trouba (2023-24), Chris Kreider (2023-24), Vincent Trocheck (2024-25), Panarin (2025-26) and Mika Zibanejad (2029-30).

The other two are Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox.

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