Jonathan Huberdeau is staying in Calgary. The winger who was acquired in the deal that sent Matthew Tkachuk to the Panthers has signed an eight-year, $84 million extension with his new club.
The contract carries an AAV of $10.5 million and will begin at the start of the 2023-24 season.
“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.”
HUBY IS HERE TO STAY!
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 5, 2022
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long-term,” Huberdeau said in the team’s press release. “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, along with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional 2025 first-round pick, were acquired from the Panthers two weeks ago after Tkachuk told the Flames he would not re-sign with the club. Huberdeau and his camp had previously been discussing a long-term extension with the Panthers before he was dealt to the Flames.
The 29-year-old is coming off his best season yet, recording 115 points for the Panthers, helping them win the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the league.
“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.”
Here are more details on the extension for Huberdeau.
Jonathan Huberdeau contract details
Huberdeau has one year left on his current six-year, $35.4 million contract he signed with the Panthers in 2016, which carries an AAV of $5.9 million. He new contract, which is for eight years with an AAV of $10.5 million, will kick in at the beginning of the 2023-24 season.
The newest member of the Flames has long been one of the more underrated players for quite some time. This year, it finally felt like he got the praise he had deserved for many years buried down in Florida. Since the 2017-18 season, Huberdeau’s 415 points rank seventh in the NHL.
It’s a high price to pay, as the contract won’t kick in until he’s 30 years old. As of now, Huberdeau is worth $10.5 million per season, but by the fifth or sixth year in that deal, it’s going to look pretty bad.
Ultimately, it’s very likely that the Flames would have to give Huberdeau the max deal in order for him to stay. I imagine Treliving would have rather pay Tkachuk that kind of money, who actually received $1 million less per year in his new deal with the Panthers, but the 24-year-old didn’t want to stay in Calgary.
Now, the Flames have a legit top-line winger who is one of the best passers in the game locked up for the future. They can get back to being competitive next season and not blow everything up like most thought they would after losing Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau.
Jonathan Huberdeau stats
The winger is coming off a career-year and the best single regular season in Panthers franchise history, setting the record for points (115) and assists (85). His finished tied for second in the league in points and led the NHL in assists. Huberdeau ended up fifth in Hart Trophy voting as a result.
While this season is most definitely a bit of an outlier, Huberdeau has always produced at a very underrated level. He’s been over a point-per-game player each season since 2018-19, and has at least 40 assists five seasons in a row.