Whoa! Matthew Tkachuk says brother Brady and Senators are “not too close” on a new deal

Will Brady Tkachuk hold out?

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Mar 7, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) battle for the puck during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Tkachuk is a star for the Calgary Flames, but in a recent interview on the 31 Thoughts Podcast he gave a new update on his younger brother.

While recent reports indicated that the Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators were closing in on a new extension, Matthew alluded to the possibility of a holdout.

Matthew Tkachuk on Brady: “They’re not too close”

“He might be pulling a classic Tkachuk right now. Dad held out, Matthew held out, and Brady looks like he’s on his way right now,” he told Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek this week. “So hopefully it can get figured out here.”

Earlier in the week, TSN’s Gord Miller reported that Brady Tkachuk and the Sens were nearing a long-term deal.

“I think Tkachuk in Ottawa will get done pretty quickly,” he said on TSN690. “From what I understand they are close to getting something done there…I think it’s a long deal.”

Matthew basically refuted that report. “It’s just a lot of fake stuff out there regarding this,” he revealed. “They’re not too close. So hopefully it gets figured out, but who knows?”

The older brother then explained that this is a “family business” and he’s helping his less aggressive brother out. “My dad and I are definitely involved,” Matt said. “Brady needs us to help him out with that stuff. He wasn’t as cutthroat as we were during it, but he’s starting to become more of a Tkachuk the later this goes.”

In three seasons with the team, Brady has 125 points in 198 games.

Where things stand in Ottawa

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May 1, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (7) prepares for a face off against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

In fairness to Gord Miller, his report came off the heels of both Elliotte Friedman and Bruce Garrioch stating that the goal for both sides has been to work out a long-term deal. Although, a bridge deal was an option to fall back on so he could be in camp.

The expectation was that Tkachuk would be getting something similar to what Thomas Chabot received. Back in 2019, the Sens’ top defenseman signed an 8 year deal worth $8 million per season.

It’s believed the Senators have tabled an offer of an eight-year deal worth $8 million per season and there have been several talks between the two sides that are continuing. Dorion has often stated that a deal can be done with one phone call and there’s still time for both sides to find common ground.

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Unfortunately, Senators fans may have to deal with a Brady Tkachuk hold out. Unless Matthew’s comment were said purposely to apply pressure through the media?

This story just got a lot more intriguing.