The Calgary Flames and newly acquired forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension, the team announced on Thursday night.
This is the biggest contract ever in the history of the franchise by a considerable amount. The previous record for the highest amount belonged to Sean Monahan, whose seven-year, $44.625-million contract expires at the end of this season.
The contract is averaging per year value of $10.5 million. It also includes an entire no-move clause. The years No. 7, and. 8 of the agreement as well as a non-trade clause. A clause which states importantly. 12 clubs are the ones that Huberdeau will be able to only be sold.
COMMENTS REGARDS TO A NEW PHASE IN LIFE:
“I’m excited for this new chapter. AS WELL AS 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
The year-to-year breakdown is in the following manner:
BREAKDOWN FROM 2023-24 SEASON TO 2030-31 SEASON:
1. 2023-24: $7-million signing bonus, $3.5-million salary
2. 2024-25: $7-million signing bonus, $3.5-million salary
3. 2025-26: $7-million signing bonus, $3.5-million salary
4. 2026-27: $9.5-million signing bonus, $1-million salary
5. 2027-28: $9.5-million signing bonus, $1-million salary
6. 2028-29: $7-million signing bonus, $3.5-million salary
7. 2029-30: $9.5-million signing bonus, $1-million salary
8. 2030-31: $5-million signing bonus, $5.5-million salary
The most important piece Calgary was given is what is known as Huberdeau. Hence, in exchange for trading Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers in July. The Flames also received MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt and a 2025 first-round conditional selection in exchange for the deal.
In the days prior to signing an extension Huberdeau. It was scheduled to become a non-restricted free agent following the off-season.
This new deal, that starts in 2023-24, has the 29-year-old winger in place until 2030-31. It’s a huge increase in his salary the current deal will pay him $5.9 Million per season.
The last time Huberdeau played, he scored thirty goals, and 85 assists to earn the score of 115 points. He was placed second in the league behind the former Flame Johnny Gaudreau, who was released from Calgary in free agency after signing a seven-year deal to Columbus Blue Jackets.
Huberdeau has scored in a close-to-point-per-game rate throughout his career, scoring 613 points in 671 career NHL games.
Within a few days of the Flames bought Huberdeau who has played the full 10 seasons with the Panthers The Saint-Jerome, Que. native indicated he’d consider a long-term deal.
“I’m very open” the man said.
WILLINGNESS TO STAY WITH CALGARY:
“We’ve never discussed the topic. However, I’m willing to stay there Calgary for a longer period of time. We’ve only been there for 48 hours, and we’ve not had the chance to travel to Calgary to go to every place but I’m up for the possibility and leave it to an agent or the GM or the agents. The team has already begun discussing the possibility. We’ll wait and see what’s going transpire. I’m definitely open.”
Weegar 28, is a pending, unrestricted free agent. Hence, until the next off-season. However, he resigned along with Huberdeau as the two players were announced as Flames.
“Same as you,” he said. “I’m interested in signing an extension for a longer period of time. It’s been fast and has been short but considering the city and team are so good that there’s no reason to not be transparent about it. I’m excited to have my agent chatting with Brad and observing what’s happening. I’m open to the idea.”
The Flames are close to winning a Pacific Division title in 2021-22 However, they lost during the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to their counterparts from across the province The Edmonton Oilers.
The team has been on the NHL’s centre stage during the off-season, highlighted by the departures of Gaudreau and Tkachuk which shocked the world of hockey, which forced Calgary to revamp its equipment for next season.