When Jonathan Huberdeau announced that he would wear No. 10 with the Calgary Flames this coming season, some took his words to mean he would only be there one year.
Not so fast.
On Thursday night, Elliotte Friedman reported Huberdeau and the Flames agreed to a contract extension — eight years with an average of $10.5 million per.
It is the biggest contract the Flames have ever given out.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long-term,” Huberdeau said in a statement.
”I’m excited for this new chapter and I am committed to this team. I’ll give everything I have, on and off the ice, and I can’t wait to play in front of the passionate Flames fans.”
Huberdeau, 29, is entering the final season of the six-year deal he signed with the Florida Panthers in 2016.
He will make $5.9 million in 2022-23.
Matthew Tkachuk, who came to Florida in the blockbuster deal between the two teams last month, signed an eight-year contract with the Flames worth $9.5 million annually prior to the trade.
Speaking a few days after the monster trade in which he and MacKenzie Weegar went to the Flames for Tkachuk, Huberdeau said he was open for a long-term relationship with the Flames.
Earlier this week, Calgary general manager Brad Treliving flew to Montreal to meet Huberdeau in person and the two had dinner where Calgary’s interest in getting something done was most likely discussed.
“Calgary is a great city so I am looking forward to that, but it was shocking at first. Life goes on and I am excited to be a Flame,” Huberdeau said.
“I’m thinking ahead and have a new chapter.”
Huberdeau left the Panthers as the team’s all-time leader in games played, points scored and assists.
He scored a career-high 115 points last season off 85 assists which set an NHL record for a left wing.
Huberdeau, Weegar and the Calgary Flames make their lone appearance in Sunrise on Nov. 19.