It’s time for another edition of our NHL rumours. We’re a maximum six games away from the start of the off-season and the speculation is already running rampant. We dissect possible moves by NHL clubs going into the off-season. Today we look at NHL rumours about the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Wild.
All NHL rumours are taken from the original source and are subject to change.
Rumour: Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic Calgary (Subscription required) said that Flames may have to pay a hefty sum to keep Matthew Wholesale nhl jerseys
Tkachuk on the team. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1st and Cruickshank speculated that the young forward could command $9-$10 million a season according to one insider.
Analysis: The Flames have nearly $14.5 million in cap space as of now, but they are in the market for a goalie upgrade after their first-round exit to the Colorado Avalanche. Mike Smith is an unrestricted free agent and may not be back.
Tkachuk and his representation may try to get a shorter term a la the Auston Matthews deal. That deal has changed the game and the Flames may have to pony up to keep him long-term.
The two sends could do a bridge contract or go to arbitration. However, this contract could become a headache and Calgary may have to swallow a bitter pill in order to keep Tkachuk.