Whatever moves general manager Brad Treliving makes regarding Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk will affect what their roster looks like next season.
Gaudreau, 28, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July and due for a big raise following his career-best 115-point performance. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Matthew Tkachuk is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who’s a year away from UFA eligibility.
Both players appear willing to stay put. Gaudreau told the Calgary media how much he loves living and playing in the Stampede City while Tkachuk is open to inking a long-term deal.
Gaudreau won’t lack suitors if he hits the free-agent market.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Giana Han wondered if the Flyers could woo the South Jersey native who grew up a fan of the team. NYI Hockey Now’s Stefan Rosner believes the New York Islanders should make a pitch for Gaudreau to bolster their offense.