Top Canadian ice hockey left winger Jonathan Huberdeau signed a whopping eight-year, $84 million contract (average annual value of $10.5 million) extension with the Calgary Flames on Thursday and will begin with the 2023-24 season.
Earlier, the 29-year-old Huberdeau was traded from the Florida Panthers on July 22 with Ottawa-born defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, and forward prospect Cole Schwindt. The deal further included a conditional first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft for forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2025 Draft.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long-term,” Huberdeau said, as quoted by NHL.com. “I’m excited about 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.”
He added: “A [heck] of a year for me, I can’t ask for more. I played well. I was consistent and I was a good leader. But obviously, it was just the way I learned a lot in the playoffs. I didn’t play my best hockey, but I think, obviously, it’s always harder in the playoffs.”
“Huberdeau is one of the premier forwards in the league”
The Saint Jerome native Huberdeau, who could have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, had a National Hockey League career-high 115 points (30 goals, 85 assists) in 80 games for the Panthers last season.
“We are excited to extend Jonathan long-term in Calgary,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “He is an elite player, one of the premier forwards in the league who makes players around him better. We look forward to welcoming Jonathan to our community and his contributions to our team’s success.”