Calgary Flames’ fans can finally relax knowing that their emerging star winger Matthew Tkachuk won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Flames confirmed on Thursday that Tkachuk, who was a restricted free agent, inked a three year deal with the organization.
Tkachuk’s new contract is worth $21 million and comes with a $7 million annual value which makes him the Flames’ highest-paid player on an annual basis. Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano now come at second and third place with a $6.75 million salary.
During the negotiations, Tkachuk was away from the team and missed two weeks of training camp.
“Now, I’m relieved, being here,” said Tkachuk after inking the deal. “It was a good process. Obviously it took longer than a lot of people wanted. But I thought it went well. We wanted to make sure we were here for Game 1 and, I might even get a pre-season game so that’s a bonus.”
He was also warmly welcomed by Flames head coach Bill Peters, who was happy to see his star player back on ice.
“Good to have him back in the fold,” – said Peters. “I’m glad it’s over with. I thought that both sides did a great job. And happy we won’t have to do it for, probably, three more years.”
Matthew Tkachuk is coming off his most productive season in the league, having played 80 in 2018/19 NHL season and contributing with career highs in goals (34), assists (43) and points (77).