NHL Rumors: 2 More Teams Linked to a Matthew Tkachuk Trade

The Calgary Flames are going to look vastly different next season as they've lost two of their best players. While Johnny Gaudreau was busy releasing a thank you note to Calgary in the Player's Tribune on Wednesday, Matthew Tkachuk was busy informing management he has no indications of signing an extension with the club. There's already a list of preferred destinations hovering around, and now we can add two teams to the mix.

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are two teams who have reached out to Flames as recent as the NHL draft about the availability of Tkachuk and at that point, the talks went nowhere. The Devils believed to have offered the #2 overall pick for Tkachuk and were turned down.

These two teams join the likes of the favorites, St Louis Blues, along with the Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, Nashville Predators, and Florida Panthers. Tkachuk is one of the best power forwards in the game and is coming off a career season, posting 42 goals and 104 points.

The 24-year-old appears to have interest in only American teams and would prefer to play in the US. Gaudreau wanted to play closer to home as well. Not much Flames general manager Brad Treliving can do about that...

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