Ramblings: Thoughts on Tkachuk, Huberdeau, Verhaeghe, Toffoli, Weegar, Forsling, Montour, and More – July 26

Michael Clifford

2022-07-26

One of the most impactful trades of in recent NHL history occurred over the weekend as the long-rumoured movement of former Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk came to fruition. He was dished to Florida in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a first-round pick. Dobber wrote about the trade impact back on Saturday. He also looked at potential line combinations in his Ramblings yesterday.

I wanted to take my entire Ramblings today to talk about the players traded, the impact on both sides, power play potential, and anything else that is relevant. Data will come from Frozen Tools or Natural Stat Trick, with cap information from Cap Friendly. Let's start in Florida.

Something I had missed earlier this offseason was Anthony Duclair's injury. That he won't be back until 2023 opens some big offensive minutes. He had played frequently on Aleksander Barkov's line, as well as on the top power play. With Mason Marchment and now Huberdeau both gone, and Duclair injured, there are a lot of open roles at all strengths.

First, Florida's power play is going to need a fourth forward. There is Barkov, Tkachuk, Sam Reinhart, and Aaron Ekblad on the blue line already locked in. With Huberdeau gone, they are missing a top-end playmaker to go with the goal scorers that they'll be using. For that reason, I don't think