January 16, 2019 | 11:50pm ET



Matthew Tkachuk, forward


The Calgary Flames recently started contract discussions with the agents for young star forward Matthew Tkachuk and young stud goaltender David Rittich, but neither player is in a hurry to get a deal done.

Flames GM Brad Treliving has gotten the ball rolling with both players to get a sense of the type of dollars both will be seeking, but a new contract for either player won’t likely come until the off-season.

During the first intermission broadcast of the Flames’ game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sportsnet Wednesday night, Flames reporter Eric Francis confirmed the Flames have “started talks” with both players, but reiterated it’s only the beginning stages.

Francis reported both Tkachuk and Rittich will receive “big numbers” on their next deals, with Tkachuk possibly in the “seven, eight million” dollar range, per year, and he also noted each player’s performance this season and in the playoffs will play a role in the type of extensions with sign.

Tkachuk, 21, and Rittich, 26, are scheduled to become restricted free agents July 1.