Jonathan Huberdeau has apparently enjoyed meeting Calgary Flames general manager Brad Trilling, who came to Montreal to meet the striker and dine with him last week, since he put his signature to the bottom of an eight-season extension contract, Thursday.
The Alberta organization confirmed that the agreement would bring in $84 million to the St. Jerome citizen, or $10.5 million annually.
“He is an elite player and is one of the best strikers in the league to make those around him better,” Trilling said in a statement. We look forward to welcoming Jonathan into our community and seeing his contribution to the team’s success.”
Traded at the end of July, along with defender Mackenzie Wiegard, potential Cole Schwindt and a first-round pick, in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk, Quebec quickly indicated he would be willing to sign a deal with the Alberta side.
“I am excited to be part of the Calgary Flames organization for the long term,” Huberdeau said. I am excited for this new chapter and am committed to this team. I’m going to do my best, both on and off the ice, and can’t wait to play in front of these passionate fans.”
At the age of 29, Huberdeau will play the first season in a different uniform than the Panthers season, which he had set his sights on in the third round of the 2011 draft. He also had his best career season in 2021-2022, darkening the score by a sheet of 115. Once in 80 competitions, which earned him second place for top scorer in the National League, he tied with Johnny Goudreau, previously with The Flames, behind only Conor McDavid.
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