Ever since becoming a member of the Calgary Flames in a blockbuster commerce, rumours surrounded Jonathan Huberdeau’s long-term future with the staff.
Two weeks faraway from being shipped to Calgary within the deal that despatched Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers, Huberdeau quieted these rumours and broke the financial institution. The winger inked an eight-year, $84-million contract extension, the most important in Flames historical past, on Thursday night time.
“I do not know a lot about (Calgary) however it’s the staff that traded for me and also you wish to play for a staff that desires you,” Huberdeau mentioned. “Speaking to all of the administration, they appear actually excited and it made up my thoughts.
“I wish to play there. I wish to play in Calgary and we bought it achieved. I am actually excited and I am simply excited to get going now. The enterprise aspect is out of it now’s simply to go win some video games.”
The Saint-Jerome, Que. native added that former Flames, together with goaltender Louis Domingue, reached out following the commerce to speak concerning the metropolis. The great phrases about Calgary paired with a want for a dedication have been sufficient for Huberdeau to place pen to paper.
The winger, who racked 115 factors (30 objectives, 85 assists) with the Panthers final season is glad along with his model new contract and desires to assist the Flames win a Stanley Cup.
“If you begin your profession, you by no means know what sort of profession you are gonna have,” he mentioned. Clearly, I labored laborious all my life to deserve that and I am glad however it’s solely the start of one thing good.
“My purpose is to, sure, signal a contract however I wish to win a Stanley Cup. That is my predominant purpose.”
Huberdeau understands that he’s heading right into a state of affairs the place he could properly develop into the face of the franchise. Whereas he might want to adapt to a brand new NHL locker room for the primary time in his profession, he is able to take the mandatory steps.
I wish to be a frontrunner,” Huberdeau mentioned. I am at an age the place I can do this and that is what I wish to do.”