Huberdeau signs eight-year, $84 million contract extension with Flames

Jonathan Huberdeau On Thursday she signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension with Calgary Flames. It has an average annual value of $10.5 million and starts with the 2023-24 season.

The 29-year-old left winger was traded from the Florida Panthers on July 22 with a defender Mackenzie and jealousforward prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft for forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2025 Draft.

“Emotionally, she’s been a rollercoaster for the past few weeks,” Huberdeau said on Friday. “Obviously the shock is from the trade. I was a little frustrated but I think at the end of the day, you want to look forward in life and that’s what I told myself. It was important to turn the page. I obviously played in Florida for many years but I was like, “you know what? I have to turn the page.”

Huberdeau would have become an unrestricted free agent after this season, the last of a six-year $35.4 million (US$5.9 million) contract signed with the Panthers on September 7, 2016.

“I only had one year left, I was like, ‘I want commitment, I want to turn the page for good and focus on the new team,'” he said. “That’s why I wanted to sign. I thought it was a great fit for me, a great city to play in and that’s why I wanted to get it done. I’m excited to be a torch.”

Huberdeau’s contract is the largest in Flames’ history, but he said he does not consider himself the face of the team.

“I didn’t really think about it, to be honest,” he said. “I’m not a guy who wants to push myself. I know what I can do, how I can play. I want to get there, I want to be a leader. I’ve obviously been there for a lot of years. I haven’t met the guys yet, but in September, I’m going to skate With men, to be more comfortable. I want to be a leader on and off the ice and for the community, and I want a lot. That’s the kind of person I am and that’s what I want to do.”

Huberdeau had 115 NHL points (30 goals, 85 assists) in 80 games for Florida last season, when he led the NHL in assists and tied the Calgary forward at the time. Johnny Goudro For second place in the league in scoring. Gaudreau signed a seven-year, $68.25 million ($9.75 million AAV) contract with Columbus Blue Jackets on July 13.

“We are excited to extend Jonathan’s long-term tenure to Calgary,” Flams general manager Brad Trilling said Thursday. “He’s an elite player, and one of the premier league strikers who makes the players around him even better. We look forward to welcoming Jonathan into our community and his contributions to the success of our team.”

Huberdeau helped the Panthers (58-18-6) win the President’s Cup last season with the best NHL record for the first time in their history and earned five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 Stanley Cup games. Florida swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games in the second round of the Eastern Conference.

Huberdeau said he recently met Treliving in Montreal and liked the direction the Flames were going.

“It was obviously kind of a dating dinner,” Huberdeau said. “We’ve never met before. And to make the autograph sign, we wanted to meet in person and make sure what kind of person I was and everything. Obviously dinner went well. I got the autograph and now I’m going to be sharing the next nine years. I’m excited and excited to be working with Brad.”

“I can only tell in his eyes, the way he was talking, he wants to win at the moment. He wants to build a winning team and wants to get players. Now we have a good squad. Our defense is really good, we have a great goalkeeper. Look at the lineup, we have Good team. He’s excited and I think he thinks I’ll be a good fit for this team. And that made me think, I want to be there. He wants to win for many years, not just one.”

Chosen by the Panthers with the No. 3 selection in the 2011 NHL Draft, Huberdeau has 613 points (198 goals, 415 assists) in 671 regular season games and 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 26 playoffs.

On Tuesday, the flames fell forward Andrew Mangyapan to a three-year contract worth $17.4 million ($5.8 million AAV) and a man of defense Oliver Killington On a two-year contract worth $5 million (US$2.5 million). Both were a restricted free agent scheduled for a judging session, Manjiapan on August 5 and Killington on August 10.

This report was contributed by NHL.com Writer Tracy Myers

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