The deal comes days after Tkachuk told the Flames he would not re-sign with them on a long-term deal, but did sign a long-term deal with the Panthers as part of the exchange. According to The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford, it’s an eight-year contract for Tkachuk worth a total of $76 million – an AAV of $9.5 million.
“Matthew is a tenacious and physical competitor who possesses extremely unique skills,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. “He is a consistent elite offensive contributor and has established himself as one of the most complete and dynamic young players in the National Hockey League. We are thrilled to be able to add generational talent to our lineup.
“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we would like to thank Jonathan and MacKenzie for their immense contributions to the Florida Panthers, both on and off the ice, during their tenures in South Florida. They both became exceptional athletes and people. Their contributions as players and people have left an indelible mark on our franchise and we wish them both continued success in their future.
Drafted by the Flames sixth overall in the 2016 draft, Tkachuk’s career so far has been nothing short of a success and the 24-year-old has just completed a career season. In 82 games this year, Tkachuk has scored career highs in goals (42), assists (62) and points (104).
The Flames, meanwhile, claw back an advantage in the deal that will keep them competitive in a tough Western Conference. Huberdeau, 29, and Weegar, 28, also just finished their careers. Huberdeau scored 30 goals and career highs in assists (85) and points (115), while Weegar did the same with career highs in goals (eight), assists (36) and points (44).
Huberdeau still has one year left on a six-year contract that netted him an AAV of $5.9 million, and as part of that deal had an amended no-trade clause that saw him submit an eight-team roster that it couldn’t be traded too. Weegar, meanwhile, is also in the final year of his contract. He is in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him a $3.25 million AAV and was signed following an arbitration hearing.
Schwindt, 21, was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2019 OHL Mississauga Steelheads draft. He played 10 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch in 2020-21, scoring one goal and two points, and played 72 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers last season. There he scored 19 goals and 40 points.