Panthers acquire Matthew Tkachuk for Huberdeau, Weegar, Schwindt and first round pick

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The Calgary Flames traded winger Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, Panthers prospect Cole Schwindt, and Florida’s lottery-protected first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers today, according to general manager Bill Zito. In addition, the Gators acquired a 2025 fourth-round conditional draft pick.

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Until the season of 2029-30, Tkachuk has committed to a contract for 76 million dollars over eight years.

A career-high 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) were tallied by Tkachuk, 24, in 82 regular-season games for Calgary in 2021-22, the eighth-most by an NHL skater. Twelve of his goals came on the power play, and he had 29 total power-play points to lead the Flames. His 42 goals were also a club record, and he was tied for sixth in the NHL in that category. Calgary’s No. 2 forward’s 62 assists, 104 points, 75 even-strength goals, and 26 multi-point games in 2021-22 tied for the fifth-most by a Flames player in a single season in club history. Tkachuk was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team following the regular season.

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Ten points (4G/6A) were scored by him in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Calgary in 2021-22, the sixth time a Flames skater had ever scored an NHL playoffs hat trick, including in Game 1 of Round 2 against Edmonton on May 18. Tkachuk has appeared in 27 postseason games in his career, scoring seven goals and 15 assists.

Over the course of six seasons in Calgary, the 6’2″/201 lb. product of Scottsdale, AZ has appeared in 431 NHL games, racking up 382 points (152G/230A). For the second time in his career, he has reached the 30-goal mark, netting 42 in 2021-22 and 34 in 2018-19. Flames All-Star forward Matthew Tkachuk has 91 career multi-point games, including a record-setting 4:58 overtime goal at Nashville on October 31, 2019.

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships saw Tkachuk earn a Bronze Medal for the United States, collecting 11 points (4-7-11) in seven tournament games. He tallied 10 assists (2-10-12) in seven games for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF U18 WJC, helping the U.S. win a Gold Medal. At the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge, he scored seven points (4-3-7) in six games for the United States.

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When it comes to the other side, Huberdeau, one of Florida’s all-time great players, is a major factor in the equation. He had 30 goals and 85 assists for 115 points in the NHL last season, tying him with former Flame Johnny Gaudreau for second place in the league. It’s a new record for left wingers in the NHL with 85 assists.

In 2021-22, Weegar, a 28-year-old, had eight goals, 36 assists, and a plus-40 rating. A strong blue line with Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Oliver Kylington, Chris Tanev, and Nikita Zadorov is now in place for Calgary with Weegar’s arrival.

In his debut season as a professional, Schwindt, 21, tallied 19 goals and 40 points in 72 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers.

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