Matthew Tkachuk is about to begin the upcoming NHL season with a new contract.
The Calgary Flames recently signed Tkachuk, a native of Chesterfield, to a three-year, $21 million deal.
The deal carrying an annual average value of $7 million makes the Flames’ forward, who was a restricted free agent, the highest-paid Flames player on the roster this season, and keeps him with the team through the 2021-22 season.
Tkachuk is with the Flames for one big reason.
“I want to win in Calgary,” said Thahuk after signing his contract in a news conference at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. “I love it here. It’s an exciting time to be a Calgary Flame. We’re a 100-point team last year and basically everyone’s back. We’re chomping at the bit.
“Having the finish we had last year made it even more clear to me that I want to win with this group.”
Tkachuk said he loves his teammates. They are a big reason why he signed the contract.
“They’re the ones that have made it so fun to come to the rink every day. You want to be there with your teammates,” Tkachuk said. “I’m excited to be back. This is awesome.”
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Tkachuk, 21, will be entering his fourth season. The Flames’ season opener is Friday (Oct. 3) against the Colorado Avalanche.
The talented left winger has 71 goals and 174 points in 224 regular-season NHL games since he was drafted sixth overall by the Flames in 2016. He’s added two goals and an assist in nine playoff games.
The son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk and older bother of Ottawa Senators winger Brady Tkachuk put up career highs in goals (34), assists (43) and points (77) last season.