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Dater’s Daily: Tkachuk Deal Coming, But NHL Trade Market Remains Slow



A good Thursday to all. I hope everyone is staying cool. I definitely do NOT want to see what my air conditioning bill will be this month. Let’s do some cool hockey notes, starting with what’s happening in Calgary with Matthew Tkachuk:

  • He’s almost certainly going to be traded, unless Calgary wants to essentially hold him hostage until the NHL trade deadline this coming season. But Tkachuk told Flames management he won’t sign there long-term and Calgary is likely to want to move him soon. This, just after losing Johnny Gaudreau. Not a fun time for Flames fans (Calgary Hockey Now)
  • I can’t believe the Flames let Gaudreau go for nothing. But, they had a chance at a Stanley Cup, or so they thought, so trading Gaudreau was never really an option. But you just can’t let a player like that leave for nothing.
  • I wasn’t all that impressed with Tkachuk in the second round against Edmonton. I think he’s a tad overrated myself. OK, he’s a hell of a player. He just annoys me lol.
  • Sources tell our Montreal bureau that Christian Dvorak is likely on the way out. Montreal Canadiens trade scuttlebutt.
  • Things have been slow across the NHL in the last week, though, when it comes to transactions. Lots of good players still don’t have deals.
  • Patrice Bergeron is still unsigned. However, did new head coach Jim Montgomery spill the Boston baked beans on Bergeron’s future? Boston Bruins news.
  • I re-watched the documentary: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” I like to cook a lot. In fact, I do probably 95 percent of the cooking in our household. I would like to try to make good sushi, but Jiro, the 85-year-old master chef profiled in the film, makes that an intimidating prospect. He’s made sushi, like, every day of his adult life and runs a 3-star Michelin restaurant.
  • I like cooking shows. If I didn’t have the worst back in the world, I would SERIOUSLY have considered being a chef if the sports writing thing didn’t work out.
  • If you’ve never read the Anthony Bourdain book “Kitchen Confidential”, you must do so.
  • I once worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1984, in West Lebanon, N.H. I was 19 and made the princely sum of $4 an hour. I placed hundreds of pieces of breaded, floured chicken in deep fryers, then hauled it out from the deep oil that started out as a 100-pound block of lard boiled into boiling, scalding oil that would spill on your hands all the time. The owner dissed me all the time as a “college boy” who supposedly didn’t have the work ethic of exalted individuals like him. I had long hair and wore Kiss T-shirts and pretty much just gave him Beavis and Butthead-style laughs. I don’t think he liked that.
  • The Islanders were in the bailiwick of the 2021 NHL trade rumors, but missed on Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko. It was an epic fail, but could it be a home run in 2022? New York Islanders analysis.
  • Should Chris Osgood get into the Hockey Hall of Fame? He won more than 400 games and won multiple Stanley Cups. Our guys in Detroit lay out the case (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • If I had to name the team Kadri might go besides the Avalanche? Islanders.

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Kitchen Confidential is amazing. I read it the summer after I quit my last restaurant job in 2000. A life changing read.

Also, Jiro was really good. If you’re in to being a spectator of the Japanese obsession with food perfection, you should check out Ramen Heads on Hulu.

Yan Girard

For those who are not yet subscribed to Colorado Hockey Now, here is my comment to the July 20, 2022 article “Why Trading Sam Girard Right Now Doesn’t Make A Lot Of Sense”:   During the season, there were several rumors that Girard might be involved in a trade for Jack Eichel. These rumors were totally false. I don’t know if it was mentioned in the Denver media, but Joe Sakic made it clear to Girard that his name had never been mentioned in a possible deal for Jack Eichel. For my part, I do not believe that Sakic is… Read more »


I’ll wager a cup of coffee Girard gets traded before the next season’s trade deadline.

Bob Neal

Agree, but it leaves the problem that you then lose an excellent 2C person in Kadri and don’t have the cap space to pick up a quality replacement during free agency either. I’m with Rico that Joe has something up his sleeve so we will see soon what it is if anything.

Matt P

Great write up Yan. Lots of good points. I think they keep Girard too. But, I am concerned about having a decent second line center.


Did the thought ever even cross your mind about condensing that down to a single paragraph? Do you honestly think, “oh look, Yan just published a novel in a comment section. Better put a pot of coffee on, I’m sure he’s got something new to say…”?

Honestly, if you want people to read your comments, maybe try not polluting the comment section with more words than the article on which you are commenting…

Wayne Dunlap

LMAO, it’s prolly 4 times as long.

Karl Keen

Yan, I’ll agree with you that Girard is an attractive asset at his age and contract term. After that, as usual, you lost me. To remotely believe that our odds of repeating as Cup Champion are better with him than Kadri is simply not true. Is our long term salary cap health better with Girard at his term and age vs. signing Kadri to a $6.5 + at 4 plus years? Probably, but how much does a GM take for granted that we can just repeat despite losing a key piece such as the best 2C in the game? If… Read more »

Yan Girard

Believe me, I don’t like to bring a player’s injury history. However, when a GM makes decisions about the duration and amount of a contract, these are factors to consider unfortunately. In the past, it has also often happened that GMs have traded players because of their medical condition.   In the vast majority of cases, players will fully recover from a back injury. Nevertheless, I have no idea of the diagnosis of Girard’s injury. Regarding concussions, a player will never fully recover from such an injury. A concussion causes sequelae forever to the brain unfortunately.   Was it predicted… Read more »

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Karl Keen

Appreciate your reply Yan. Whether you believe it or not I enjoy your input.

Wayne Dunlap

Yan doesn’t understand that to Kroenke $5M is a rounding error.

Yan Girard

A team can exceed the salary cap with players who have been placed on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) list. Suppose the team has a payroll of $82.5 million and Girard is put on the LTIR, the team could then add another $5 million player to its roster like Sergatchev ($4.8 million) since Girard’s salary of $5 million would not be counted in the payroll. Even if the salary is not counted in the team’s payroll, the team owner must pay the salary of the player who is on the LTIR (Girard) and the salary of the substitute player… Read more »

Yan Girard

In the example presented, it was about 7 years X 5 million = 35 million. To become a billionaire, Mr. Kroenke didn’t have to make rounding mistakes very often. 🙂


Holy Moly Mr. You have to slim down your novel here> Well written subject matter as usual, but just too much like a science report of hockey matters. Bottom line here, Avs won the Cup without Girard, and in spite of what you write of Manson not being an effective replacement of his services, most would beg to differ. His size and strength are just what the Avs needed for 4 rounds. Not twirling around the ice and getting smashed every playoff year. He is an asset, and must be traded soon!


Dater – I have read a couple of reports this morning that the Avs are now looking at Evan Rodrigues? Is there any truth to this possibility?


As the Kadri saga drags out I’m liking this idea more and more – we keep G for the time being, bring in Rodrigues and start the year playing 2C by committee including Landy and JT. I don’t really think Newy is ready to take on the 2C responsibilities and while JT stepped up at times last year, I don’t have enough confidence in him. Then if we’re getting to the trade deadline and still need more on the 2nd line we just G as trade bait – even if the pipeline is devoid of D prospects. Yan you made… Read more »


What are the odds the Tkachuk trade will be the key to unlocking the free agent jam we are presently seeing? Could Kadri go to Calgary or another team involved in the Tkachuk deal. Could we see Colorado make a move for Tkachuk in exchange for someone like Girard or Newhook?


Why on earth would Kadri go to a team like Calgary that is setup to fail? I can see him signing with a contender but not a Canadian team with a weaker dollar contract and no chance of a Stanley Cup. Not the way you want to spend your last years in the NHL.


After last night, Calgary’s looking a f*** ton better…


Oh yes let’s make this trade soon haha For sure if Kadri is demanding a 7 year deal

Yan Girard

Considering the level of the salary cap at 82.5 million, it is not realistic to consider that only 4 players (Rantanen (9.25 M), Makar (9 M), Mackinnon (10 M?), Tkachuk (10 M?)) could account for almost half of the team’s payroll. Depth makes it possible to win championships and in this case, this depth would be severely affected. Also, the priority of the team is possibly in the position of 2nd center while Tkachuk does not seem to play in this position.

Last edited 4 months ago by Alexander A.

I’m going to have to agree with you here. This is exactly how Toronto is set up, and why they won’t win a Cup soon. 49% of their cap is tied up in Matthews, Marner, Tavares, and Nylander.

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