The Dallas Stars are in a waiting game as they try to sign young superstars Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger to contracts. Progress could come to a halt as news of Calgary Flames Superstar Matthew Tkachuk requested a trade this week. The Stars are on the shortlist as the Stars have some tempting trade pieces on their roster. Here are three reasons why the Stars should not pick up the phone if Calgary were to call and make an offer.
3 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars shouldn’t trade for Tkachuk: 3. They would ask too much in return
The Dallas Stars have a very good prospect system as they have Mavrik Bourque, Logan Stankoven, and Wyatt Johnston competing for roster spots at Training Camp this fall. Now, do you think the Flames are just going to take Denis Gurianov and a 1st rounder and call it a day? No, they will probably ask for way more than that. Here’s what Juraj Kralik, who was recently on Starcastic Remarks Stars Hockey podcast, thinks Dallas’s best offer for Tkachuk would be.
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If the Stars could get around trading Logan Stankoven, I would say yes immediately since it clears up a lot of cap space. However, the Flames are probably going to ask for one of the top 4 untouchable prospects and that’s where I would hang up the phone.
3 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars shouldn’t trade for Tkachuk: 2. He’s most likely going to be dealt to St Louis
If you don’t know the Tkachuk’s have a history in St. Louis. Matthew’s father, Kieth Tkachuk, played a good portion of his career in St. Louis. It makes a lot of sense that St. Louis would be the favorites if Matthew gets traded. The Blues know what they would get in Matthew Tkachuk and basically makes a possible Dallas a “pipedream”.
3 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars shouldn’t trade for Tkachuk: 1. How much does he have left in the tank.
Now Matthew Tkachuk is only 24 years old and has a long way to go until he retires. However, how many good years are you going to get out of him if you sign him to an 8-year deal. I would hate to see the Stars roll the dice on him trading away a huge piece of our future only to get about 4 good years out of that contract. Jim Nill has already learned the hard way about long-term deals with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
3 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars shouldn’t trade for Tkachuk: Conclusion
After going through the pros and cons of trading for Matthew Tkachuk, I wouldn’t trade for him. The Stars have some good prospects in the wings about ready to make the main roster. I would not be interested in trading for Tkachuk if it means trading away a future franchise player.
However, if the Stars can do it without giving up a top prospect and get Lindell to waive his no-movement clause, I’d be interested in trading for Tkachuk as long as he signs a team-friendly deal. I don’t want to see the Stars get stuck with another player on an 8-year deal and only get 4 good seasons out of him.