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Brad Treliving had dinner with Jonathan Huberdeau in Montreal

Last Friday, the Calgary Flames made a big, big trade, acquiring Jonathan Huberdeau from the Florida Panthers as part of a package in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk.

Per a report from Elliotte Friedman, and subsequently confirmed by agent Allan Walsh, Flames general manager Brad Treliving flew to Montreal to meet with with Huberdeau face-to-face over dinner.

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Unfortunately, we have no information about where they ate or what everybody had for entrees.

Huberdeau is heading into the final year of his current contract in 2022-23 and could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 (as could MacKenzie Weegar). With training camp for veterans beginning in about seven weeks, it makes a lot of sense for Treliving to get a sense of where Huberdeau’s head is at after a big move to the Flames heading into the season.

Huberdeau’s current cap hit is $5.9 million and after a season where he had 115 points and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting, it’s not unreasonable to expect him to want a hefty raise. Evolving Hockey projects his next deal at north of $11 million on an eight year term. If you’re the Flames, you’re hoping that maybe he falls in love with the city and gels with the team and perhaps “settles” for a little bit less than that for the long term.

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