Calgary Flames fans received some long-awaited good news on the eve of the start of the regular season. Young up-and-coming star Matthew Tkachuk signed a three-year contract that will bring him back on the ice. Tkachuk was a restricted free agent, meaning the team needed to come to terms with the 21-year-old before he would report to the Flames to begin playing. The contract cost Calgary a whopping $21 million, or $7 million per year on average. It marks the largest “bridge contract” in NHL history. The contract will keep Tkachuk with the Flames through the 2021-2022 season, and then he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Flames would have probably preferred to sign Tkachuk to a longer-term deal than just these three years, as they will now have to face re-signing him again in the near future.