TSN: Darren Dreger on the futures of Calgary Flames pending UFA Johnny Gaudreau and RFA Matthew Tkachuk (arbitration-eligible and a year from being a UFA). Both currently have 100 points this season.

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“Ahhhhh, I suggest, it’s going to be so fragile and hard. No. 1, I believe you need to develop that there is a strong, nearly a pressing hunger, inside Calgary, the company, so I’m talking once again ownership, management, of attempting to get offers provided for those people. They’re simply, they’re that crucial to the company progressing.

But then you’ve got that thing called the wage cap, which makes complex a lot throughout the NHL. And how are they going to have the ability to handle that? You’re talking eventually in the near future 2 gamers commanding over $20 million. I suggest, those are genuine tough cap dollars, right? And as we understand, the wage cap for next season is being bumped decently. I call it a flat cap due to the fact that it’s increasing a million. So you’re looking beyond that.

I suggest, all you can do is enter into with a genuine truthful settlement. You learn really rapidly where the gamers stand in all of this.

I took a great deal of heat for, how we reported on the Matthews settlement, the Marner settlement in Toronto and whatnot. And I get it due to the fact that once again you got a genuine strong voice in the market and all Leafs fans what is for their group to remain together and win. Well, that uses to Calgary also.

But the gamers make the right to command and require what the marketplace is going to attend to them from an agreement viewpoint. Both in term and in cash. And there is such a thing as a home town discount rate however think what, when you take a look at Connor McDavid and you take a look at Auston Matthews, they’re on home town discount rates. Right now they are due to the fact that those numbers when those people turn up are going to be off the charts big.

So, there’s going to need to be some wonderful maneuvering however once again I understand there’s a hunger from both sides to attempt and get something done.”


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