The Calgary Flames really got their man late Thursday night when they announced an eight-year contract extension with former Florida Panthers star Jonathan Huberdeau.
The contract, which will pay Huberdeau on average of $10.5 million per season starting in 2023, is the largest in Calgary history.
On Friday, Huberdeau spoke about the new deal — and what he is looking forward to with his new team.
Although Huberdeau said he doesn’t know much about Calgary as a city, “it’s the team that traded for me and you want to play for a team that wants you,” Huberdeau said per Sportsnet.
“Talking to all the management, they seem really excited and it made up my mind.
“I want to play there. I want to play in Calgary and we got it done. I’m really excited and I’m just excited to get going now. The business side is out of it now is just to go win some games.”
The Panthers traded Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar to the Flames last month for Matthew Tkachuk.
Because Tkachuk was a restricted free agent whom the Flames had already elected to take to arbitration, he could only sign the max eight-year deal with Calgary — which he did, making it the first sign-and-trade in NHL history.
Tkachuk’s eight-year deal, which averages $9.5 million per season, was negotiated with the Panthers.
Huberdeau’s big deal was released after 11 p.m. in the east on Thursday night and will almost surely see him end his career with the Calgary Flames.
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