Flames want forward, prospect, first-round pick in Tkachuk trade: report

Jul 23 2022, 12:00 am

The Calgary Flames are looking for a home run in a Matthew Tkachuk trade, which now appears imminent.

Tkachuk is unwilling to sign a long-term contract with the Flames, making him likely to be traded according to a report by The Athletic.

It seems now that it’s a matter of when, not if, Tkachuk will be traded. Tkachuk and the Flames have an arbitration date set for August 11, making that a hard deadline for a trade to be completed.

According to a report from longtime USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen, who now covers the Detroit Red Wings for HockeyBuzz, the Flames are looking for a big haul for Tkachuk.

And why wouldn’t they?

The Flames, Allen reports, are looking for a “top forward,” a “premium prospect,” and a first-round pick.

It’s a big ask, but players of Tkachuk’s age and ability don’t become available very often.

The 24-year-old power forward is coming off a season where he set career highs in goals (42), assists (62), and points (104).

Will Flames GM Brad Treliving get what he’s looking for? We will soon find out.

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