In this edition of Calgary Flames News & Rumors, we’ll take a look at supposed rumors that Matthew Tkachuk wants out of town. A former NHL defenseman has suggested Tkachuk could transfer to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Vladimir Tarasenko. It’s not the only commercial rumor circulating about the Flames. TSN’s Darren Dreger has said he believes Sean Monahan may be close to leaving this summer and was almost traded last offseason. Finally, we’ll take a look at the future of Mark Giordano’s club as Seattle’s expansion draft gets closer day by day.
Tkachuk rumors are circulating
Tkachuk’s name began to circulate after Athleticism Jeremy Rutherford has suggested he might want to play for the Blues in the future. Rumors escalated when former NHL defenseman Shane O’Brien took to Steve Kouleas’ podcast and suggested the Flames might try to move Tkachuk for Tarasenko.
O’Brien then made it clear on Twitter that it would be more than Tarasenko’s return to Calgary, not just a one-for-one swap. Since O’Brien’s comments, including the fact that Tkachuk might want to come out, there has been a lot of talk about where the 23-year-old might end up. Meanwhile, the Flames have said these claims are false and have no plans to move Tkachuk, which Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believe to be correct.
Monahan on the move?
Another Flame that has been the subject of recent trade rumors is Monahan, who is emerging from a very disappointing 2020-21 campaign in which he scored 10 goals and 28 points in 50 games. To be fair it was playing injured for much of the season and recently had hip surgery to repair the damage, but it looks like the Flames are ready to leave the 26-year-old regardless.
On the podcast Les Instigateurs, Dreger recently said he believes if a Flames main player needs to be moved, it would be Monahan. Dreger also mentioned that the Flames nearly traded Monahan last offseason for former Columbus Blue Jacket Josh Anderson.
Considering how weak the Blue Jackets are in the middle, it’s surprising they chose to deal Anderson to the Montreal Canadiens for Max Domi. This could be because Monahan’s value plummeted after his 2019-20 season when he scored 22 goals and 48 points in 70 games. If so, you have to be wondering what kind of comeback he might be getting now, given he’s had two dead seasons in a row.
Tough decisions ahead on Giordano
The Seattle Kraken extension draft is less than a month away, and the chatter picks up on what the Flames will do with their captain. By almost all accounts, they will use the 7-3-1 protection format, which means they can protect three defenders. While they certainly don’t want to lose the veteran defender, they have more valuable assets to protect in Noah Hanifin, Chris Tanev and Rasmus Andersson.
Of course, exposing Giordano does not guarantee that he will be selected, but given that he has one season left on his contract and is still a very solid player, it seems likely. This is what makes it so difficult. All 949 games of his NHL career have been played in the Flames’ uniform and he has been their captain for the past eight seasons.
One option, which we saw many teams do in the Vegas Golden Knights Extension Draft, is for the Flames to offer the Kraken compensation to make sure they don’t select Giordano. However, it’s also tricky since Calgary won’t want to give up a ton of value for a player who turns 38 at the start of the 2021-22 season. We’ll be keeping an eye on that scenario as we get closer to the July 21 draft date.