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Reports: Flames, Jonathan Huberdeau agree to 8-year contract extension

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Jonathan Huberdeau will stay with the Flames for the long haul.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jonathan Huberdeau will stay with the Flames for the long haul. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

According to multiple reports, the Calgary Flames and star forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension. The average annual value of the deal is $10.5 million.

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Huberdeau was acquired by the Flames along with Mackenzie Vigar, Cole Schwindt and a conditional 2025 first-round pick in the blockbuster that sent Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers on July 22. Huberdeau has expressed a desire to stay with the Flames for a long term in the near future. after the trade, and Calgary clearly felt the same way.

The Quebec native was entering the final season of a six-year, $35.4 million contract that paid him just under $6 million a year.

Huberdeau scored a career-high 115 points last season, including 85 assists in the NHL. These numbers led to fifth place in Hart Trophy voting. The 29-year-old played 671 games in his NHL career, all for the Panthers, scoring 198 goals and 415 assists.

The signing marks the latest turn in a tumultuous summer for the Flames. Franchise winger Johnny Gaudreau decided to ditch Calgary for Columbus as a free agent, while leaving a significant amount of money behind. It was reported that Gaudreau turned down the same contract with the Flames, who ended up signing Huberdeau.

Shortly after Gaudro’s decision, Tkachuk informed the Flames that he was not interested in staying long, prompting the franchise to trade him to Florida.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving managed to save a seemingly doomed summer by defending Huberdeau in the 2030-31 campaign. Instead of a rebuild, Calgary still has a roster that should be in the playoffs again.

The Flames won the Pacific Division in 2021-22 with 111 points. They were ultimately eliminated by rival Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the postseason.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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