Back with more RFA talk, let’s turn to the Calgary Flames.
The team has one of their top wingers up for RFA; they need to get it together and re-sign Matthew Tkachuk.
Matthew Tkachuk is a 21-year-old left-winger who has played 224 NHL regular season games while scoring 71 goals and 103 assists for 174 points with a +27 rating. He has a 57.0% Corsi For. The 6’2″, 202 lbs winger has amazing defensive play with 51 blocked shots, 104 hits, 42 takeaways, and 228 PIMs, all while averaging 16:30 on the ice per game.
Tkachuk finished 4th in points on the Flames last season and was on this year’s NHL Network Top 20 Wingers at Number 17. The Flames have a great, developing player in Tkachuk at just 21-years-old.
Last season, the team went on a steady streak and landed at 1st in the Pacific by the end of the regular season. After that they met a swift 5 game defeat in the first round but this off-season they needed to have learned from that and have made changes and trades to push the Flames further into a playoff run.
If they want to have success coming, they need Tkachuk. He is a talented player and can bring this team glory. His teammates want him back as well. Captain Mark Giordano told TSN:
“There’s no question how much he means to our team. Everybody knows that he’s a guy that brings it every night, he battles.” (x)
The Flames still have $7,756,625 in projected cap space and only one other RFA (Andrew Mangiapane) left to re-sign. The Flames need to get on it and resign this kid because he is going to only get better and stronger from here.
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