© press service of the Calgary Flames clubCalgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk
MOSCOW, 24 July – Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk became the first player in the National Hockey League (NHL) to first extend his contract with the club, and then was traded from it, journalist Pat Steinberg reported on Twitter, citing Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving. .
On Saturday it became known that the “Calgary” traded Tkachuk in “Florida”. The Lights received in return Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman Mackenzie Wigar, and a first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft.
Before the exchange, Tkachuk agreed and signed a new contract with Calgary. An exchange of this type was the first in NHL history. Often such transactions are made in the National Basketball Association.
Tkachuk in the NHL played 431 games and scored 382 points (152 goals and 230 assists), he represented Calgary in 2016, he was selected in the draft under the overall sixth number. Following the trade, the 24-year-old forward signed an eight-year, $76 million contract with Florida Flames (averaging $9.5 million a year).