Publish Date: 07/26/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
The Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers made the most significant offseason trade in the National Hockey League. The Flames traded Matthew Tkachuk, left winger, to the Panthers for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2025, Cole Schwindt and Mackenzie Weegar, and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2025. Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on the NHL.
Arizona native, Scottsdale, played in 82 Flames games in 2021-22. He also had a record-breaking season. Scoring104 points, he had 42 goals and 62 assists. Tkachuk was an incredible +57, with 29 power-play goals, six game-winning goals, 253 shots on goal, 20 faceoff wins and 20 blocked shots. He also had 93 hits, 41 takeaways, and 91 giveaways. Tkachuk was also named to the NHL’s second all-star left wing team. Surprise statistic: Tkachuk was a +57, which is the third best plus/minus in NHL. Yet, he received 50 more giveaways than takeaways.
Saint-Jerome native, Quebec, had 30 goals and an NHL-high 85 assists for 115 points in 80 games in 2021-22. He was a +35, with 54 penalty minutes and 38 power-play point points. He also had seven game-winning goals. There were 222 goals on goals and 18 faceoff wins. 28 blocked shots. 99 hits. 85 giveaways. Huberdeau was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in his last two seasons.
Huberdeau was a left-winger who won the Calder Trophy 2012-13 as the NHL rookie of the year. He had 14 goals, 17 assists and 31 points in his first NHL season. Huberdeau was also an +41 with 341 penalties minutes, 190 points of power play, 26 game-winning goals and 1575 shots on goal. He also had six shorthanded points and 26 goals.
In 80 games played in 2021-22, the Ottawa native had scored eight goals and provided 36 assists. He was a +40 and had 81 penalty minutes, three shorthanded points, two power-play points, and two game-winning goals.
Weegar is a defenseman who has scored 27 goals and assisted 94 times for 121 points in his career. He is a +77 and has 259 penalty minutes, seven shorthanded points and four power-play points.
Schwindt, a native from Kitchener, Ontario, was a -4 in his rookie season. Schwindt he had three shots on goal, 15 faceoff wins and two blocked shots. He also had five hits, one takeaway and two giveaways. Schwindt, a right-winger, was the Panthers’ third-round draft pick in 2019, 81st overall. He was a junior hockey player with the Mississauga Steelheads, Ontario Hockey League.
The deal’s immediate impact was the incredible plus/minus Tkachuk and Huberdeau had in this season. They were an incredible +132. This is simply stunning.
Tkachuk was not available for long-term negotiations, and the Flames wanted to trade him. They did not want to lose him like they lost Johnny Gaudreau. Tkachuk signed an $76-million extension to his contract with Florida.
Tkachuk is among the most intimidating players in the NHL. Tkachuk is a player with an edge and will give the Panthers the toughness they so desperately needed last season. Huberdeau, meanwhile, is a remarkable player and gives the Flames a greater presence. Weegar, a highly-rated defenseman, joins a Flames team that boasts a great defensive team.