Flames lock up Jonathan Huberdeau with eight-year contract extension

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FILE -Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau (11) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. Matthew Tkachuk is being traded to the Florida Panthers, part of a blockbuster that sends Jonathan Huberdeau to the Calgary Flames in a swap of players who are each coming off the best season of their careers, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night, July 22, 2022. Photo by Frank Franklin II /AP Article content

It must have been a heck of a dinner. 

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Just three days after general manager Brad Treliving travelled to Montreal for a meet-and-greet meal with Jonathan Huberdeau, the Calgary Flames signed the star left-winger to an eight-year extension with an annual cap-hit of US$10.5 million. Completed late Thursday, it is the largest contract in Flames’ franchise history.  

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Huberdeau, who racked up a league-leading 85 assists this past season, was acquired less than two weeks ago as part of the blockbuster trade that landed Matthew Tkachuk in Florida. He was slated to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. 

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long-term,” Huberdeau said in a release. “I’m excited for this new chapter and I am committed to this…

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