Matthew Tkachuk is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid Calgary Flame of all time.
That much we know.
But there are very few other certainties we can draw from the William Nylander saga in terms of how it will affect Tkachuk’s next deal. Nylander’s annual cap hit of $6.962 million was most certainly encouraging for the Flames right winger as it will be a mere starting point for Tkachuk’s next deal.
Given the torrid start to his third season (29 points in 27 games) and the wide range of intangibles he brings, Tkachuk is destined to earn more than the six-year, $45-million deal Nylander just signed.
It means he’ll skyrocket ahead of the $6.75 million AAV that team salary leaders Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau make. He’ll also surpass the franchise-record $7 million Jarome Iginla pocketed annually here back in the day.