Calgary Flames' Worst Trade Of The Past Year

The Calgary Flames had a busy and wild offseason, but the trade deadline was very underwhelming. The team made two big trades in the offseason that can both be considered for the worst of the past year. Though I assume the general consensus is that trading away Matthew Tkachuk and a 2024 fourth round pick in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 first round pick would be the worst, we can't forget about the Flames dumping Sean Monahan along with a first round pick to the Montreal Canadiens only to have him play great for them on the second line before his injury.

Though both are bad trades when you look at them now, the impact of the first blockbuster trade is the winner here. While Tkachuk is having a career year in Florida despite the team fighting to even get into the postseason, the Flames have a 29-year-old who has already signed an eight-year contract extension and has less than half of his points from last season. If the Flames change head coaches, I do think his numbers will start to go up. But if Huberdeau isn't scoring 100-plus points now while he's in his prime, it's going to look very bad down the line.

Huberdeau also has 21 fewer goals and 47 fewer points than Tkachuk. The trade wasn't absolutely horrible as the Flames also got top-four defenceman Weegar who also finally got paid by Calgary after the trade. Since Tkachuk already had the contract extension in place upon the trade and Huberdeau and Weegar didn't, it allowed the Flames to bring in a first round pick in the trade to lessen the blow.

In the end the Flames lost a great young player that could do it all because he didn't want to play in Calgary, while they got two 29-year-olds, re-signed them to huge contracts, and got a prospect and a first round pick for their troubles. Though it was one of the only moves Brad Treliving could do and looked very good at the start, that's not how the feeling is now that we're almost through the first season and the extensions have yet to kick in for the Flames players.

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