Jonathan Huberdeau went through some significant changes over the summer. After spending his entire adult life playing in Florida, he was dealt to the Calgary Flames in a five-piece mega-deal.
Over at Daily Faceoff, our pal Matt Larkin had a lengthy chat with Huberdeau and discussed his eventful off-season.
One of the biggest decisions Huberdeau made this summer was to commit to an eight-year contract extension after a dinner with Brad Treliving, but before even playing a single game with the Flames.
Huberdeau knows little about Calgary as a city aside from brief impressions from road trips and the positive feedback he’s heard from other Flames. Yet he was willing to commit to the franchise after that dinner with Treliving, signing a max-term extension at eight years and a $10.5 million AAV. It kicks in starting in 2023-24 and will pay him through his 38th birthday. How does a player go all-in on a market for that long without knowing what it’ll actually be like to live there? Isn’t that a little risky?Huberdeau doesn’t see it that way.“I was like, ‘You know what?’ I didn’t want to go to Calgary and be like, ‘Am I gonna stay there?’ ” he said. “At the end of the day, anywhere I would’ve went, it would’ve been different than in Florida, so I’d rather just go to Calgary and know I’m going to be there for a lot of years and know that’s going to be the next spot for the rest of my career. So that was my mindset. I was excited we got the deal done.”
Check out the full interview over at Daily Faceoff!