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Vote: With Huberdeau signed long-term, who won the Flames-Panthers trade?

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The Flames saved a potentially disastrous summer by signing Jonathan Huberdeau to an eight-year contract.  How do you feel about the Tkachuk exchange now?  (Getty)
The Flames saved a potentially disastrous summer by signing Jonathan Huberdeau to an eight-year contract. How do you feel about the Tkachuk exchange now? (Getty)

What should have been one of the worst offseasons in franchise history turned out to be anything but for the Calgary Flames.

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First, after reportedly throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at Johnny Gaudreau to keep him in Calgary, the star homegrown winger decided to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets of all places for less money and time. than he would get with the club. Flame.

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That punch to the stomach was followed by another punch to the heart after Matthew Tkachuk, who also made it to the top echelon of the NHL’s elite wingers last season or so, told the Flames he would not be signing with the team long-term. providing GM Brad Treliving & Co with a short trading list.

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Yet with virtually zero leverage in hand, the Flames general manager was able to pull the rabbit out of his hat by acquiring not one, not two, not three, but four valuable assets — Hart Trophy contender Jonathan Huberdeau, McKenzie’s ace blueliner. Vigar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 first-round pick from the Panthers for a player the entire world wanted to leave.

It’s been an extremely tidy business for Treliving, which got even more tidy after the team signed Huberdo on Thursday for an eight-year, $10.5 million per season extension. As this deal may look in a few years, locking down the most important piece from the biggest deal in quite some time was certainly a win for Calgary, especially after two star franchise players not wanting to be part of Future Flame.

Meanwhile, the Panthers immediately signed such a valuable acquisition to an eight-year, $76 million contract.

In Tkachuk, the Panthers gain (and the Flames lose) a rare player in today’s NHL, a unicorn, if you will. He’s scoring goals and scoring points, posting career highs (42) and points (104) last season as he enters what should be his prime at just 24 years old.

The 6th pick in 2016 is also one of the toughest and most physical players in the game with a tough and mean streak for him, boasting solid puck possession and in/out numbers, and strong in the defensive end. Add to that the ability to score 35 goals and 90 points each season and you have one of the most complete and sought-after players in the league.

Tkachuk plays better than Huberdeau, he is five years younger and will earn a million less per season. However, what most would see as a small upgrade came at a heavy price, and the other assets Florida had to send to Calgary shouldn’t be overlooked, especially Vigar.

The 28-year-old blueliner blooms a little late, but has found himself over the past couple of seasons, scoring 36 and 48 points respectively, as well as taking many minutes in the first and second pairs of the team and becoming one of the best. talented blueliners in the league. The Flames got a better D-man, while the Panthers lost a monumental part of their core without replacing him.

The opportunity to pull Wigar along with Huberdeau, who had a whopping 85 assists and 115 points last season, the Florida prospect and first-rounder, certainly gives the impression that Calgary won this wild deal. On the other hand, Tkachuk may be the best player in this trade, he is younger, boasts a lower AAV and fits in Florida’s forward group perfectly, making it a good enough reason for Florida to book a dub here.

Speak up and join the conversation:

Considering all of the above factors, who do you think has won this trade so far?

Sitting behind the fence is prohibited.

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