Oct 24, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) controls the puck in front of Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Winger Matthew Tkachuk informed the Flames earlier this week that he was not looking to re-sign with the team. That opened up trade discussions, and the Panthers were reportedly one of the teams on his list he would approve a trade to, per The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford and Hailey Salvian.
Sure enough, the Panthers successfully acquired Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-round pick from the Flames in exchange for forward Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a conditional 2025 first-round draft pick.
At the trade deadline this past season, they brought in former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux to have on the team for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately for them, they were swept in the second-round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This offseason, they brought in Paul Maurice to be their head coach.