The Calgary Flames traded Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers in exchange for the NHL's second leading scorer (tied) Jonathan Huberdeau, plus defenseman Mackenzie Weegar, prospect forward Cole Schwindt, and a first-round draft pick.
The Flames get: the scoring to replace the recent loss of Johnny Gaudreau. And funny enough, they replace him with the player who tied him for second in league scoring with 115 points. They also get a proven 40-point defenseman, a prospect and a pick. Both Weegar and Huberdeau are in the final year of their contracts.
The Panthers get: a star power forward coming off a 104-point season. The Panthers immediately signed Tkachuk to an eight-year deal at $9.5M AAV. Tkachuk obviously brings a lot of grit for playoff hockey, which is an area that the team has identified as a serious need.
Fantasy Players Impacted: I had already analyzed and reviewed both of these teams for the purposes of the upcoming Fantasy Guide, so I have a real good handle on where these players fit and what I needed to adjust. Looking at this for strictly points, I adjusted Weegar down. He was Aaron Ekblad's sidekick and really flourished in that role. There is nobody of Ekblad's caliber on the Flames. I adjusted Elias Lindholm upward. With Gaudreau gone, I had Lindholm and Tkachuk each taking a tumble. I removed much of that tumble from Lindholm – but not all of it though, because the team has now lost Tkachuk. Tyler Toffoli was adjusted upwards. He'll be on the right wing alongside Lindholm and Huberdeau.
Weegar is a right-shot defenseman, and the Flames also have Rasmus Andersson and Chris Tanev as right shots. I don't think the move impacts Andersson, as Weegar was never really