The Flames made a move earlier this week to free up some funds to re-sign winger Matthew Tkachuk when they bought out defenseman Michael Stone. While they still have some work to do to in order to free up enough cap room to get a new deal done, GM Brad Treliving told NHL.com’s Aaron Vickers that he expects to get Tkachuk signed before training camp. Calgary currently has $7.75MM in cap room per CapFriendly but also still needs to get a deal done with RFA winger Andrew Mangiapane. With Tkachuk being one of the players at the top end of the RFA market, it’s quite possible that his new contract will exceed their current cap room so expect more movement from the Flames in the weeks to come.
More notes from restricted free agency:
- The Blackhawks and winger Brendan Perlini appear to be about $500K apart in contract talks. Scott Powers of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that Chicago is offering roughly $1MM while Perlini is seeking closer to $1.5MM. While that’s far from an insurmountable difference, the team does want to keep some salary cap flexibility for in-season movement so it’s unlikely they’ll move too much off of their current offer for a little while. Perlini has scored at least 14 goals in each of his three seasons but also spent considerable time in Chicago’s bottom six last season.
- The Penguins and defenseman Marcus Pettersson both prefer to get a multi-year deal done this summer, GM Jim Rutherford told Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pettersson’s agent stated last month that the blueliner doesn’t intend to sign until Pittsburgh makes a trade to free up some cap room although Rutherford indicated if they had to, they could push the 23-year-old to simply accept his one-year qualifying offer of just over $874K. Pettersson had 25 points in 84 games last season between Anaheim and Pittsburgh (which allowed him to play more than the standard 82) while he logged nearly 18 minutes a night with the Penguins.