Matthew Tkachuk says he's ready for the Battle of Florida after waging the Battle of Alberta for the first six years of his NHL career.

"I hate Edmonton, but I hate Tampa more now," said Tkachuk, who was traded by the Calgary Flames to the Florida Panthers in a blockbuster deal on Friday night.

Tkachuk was introduced by the Panthers at a news conference on Monday, having signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.