Nashville Predators: Matthew Tkachuk Sweepstakes Fun While it Lasted


Now that Nashville Predators acquired Matthew Tkachuk, can we all just move on from this fairytale that he was going to join the team?

You know, I was starting to get sucked into the Tkachuk hype and believe that the Nashville Predators may actually land the 100-plus-point scoring wrecking ball. But in the end, the price was exorbitant, and I couldn’t afford it.

With Jonathan Huberdeau and a handful of more quality players, the Florida Panthers were able to move one of their own 100-point scorers:


Tkachuk, a restricted free agent, received an eight-year, $9.5 million contract deal from the Florida Panthers as an RFA. That length terrifies me for nearly every player in the world except for Connor McDavid and a few other future stars, yes. He’s good.

After Johnny Gaudreau left for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Calgary Flames have had a terrible offseason. Tkachuk’s return on investment has to be a big deal for them.

The Nashville Predators’ offseason continues to be fantastic.


With the addition of Nino Niederreiter to their top-six, the Nashville Predators’ offseason is still going swimmingly despite the team’s most recent trade deadline acquisition. In the first round of the playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche showed a vulnerability in the lineup that was urgently required.

Tkachuk’s future became a topic of conversation as soon as the Predators emerged as a serious contender to acquire him. When the Predators gave up Huberdeau, it was likely that the team would lose a player like Philip Tomasino, but it was unlikely that Calgary would be interested.

Dante Fabbro, Eeli Tolvanen, and several important prospects like Luke Evangelista, as well as former 11th-overall choice Yaroslav Askarov, were also being tossed around as trade assets.


These sweepstakes were also a surprise for the Panthers. The St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights, and New Jersey Devils were all said to be in the running alongside the Predators. To name a few.

Tkachuk was the only one who truly knew the truth. There has been a lot of drama in the NHL offseason, so seeing this happen live was a treat. It’s been a treat to see this unfold.

The Panthers’ pursuit of Tkachuk is an intriguing one. The Panthers have struggled in the postseason despite their regular-season dominance. To win the Stanley Cup, can Tkachuk provide them the extra edge? Given the monetary toll that losing Huberdeau would exact, I’m not persuaded.


Imagine what this Predators club could have accomplished with Tkachuk, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund and the newly acquired Nino Niederreiter on board. That’s a fantasy we can all dream about! It’s true that the Nashville Predators had a successful offseason, and there’s a lot of optimism for the next season.

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