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Fresh off inking the largest contract in Calgary Flames history, superstar winger Jonathan Huberdeau is ready to get to work.

Huberdeau met with media Friday after signing an eight-year, $84-million extension and quickly affirmed his commitment to his new organization.

“The way my career has gone, I always wanted to play better year after year,” Huberdeau said. “So, that’s the same attitude I have this year – I want to be better than I was last year, and so on and so on.

“We want to win, and I’m going to give everything I have so we can win the Stanley Cup.”

The Flames added Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a conditional 2025 first-round pick last month in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk, who refused to sign a new deal with Calgary.

Huberdeau, whose current deal expires after the 2022-23 season, said shortly after the trade that he’d be open to signing long term in Calgary. The 29-year-old told media Friday that a recent meeting with general manager Brad Treliving in Montreal helped get the wheels in motion for an extension.

“It meant a lot,” Huberdeau said. “It could have been a Zoom or something like that. But I think, as a person, that’s how you get to know someone better, and I appreciate it, for him to take the time to come and see me from Calgary. It’s not a short flight, and we had a great conversation. That made me really think that they really care about me, and they want me to stay there for a lot of years.”

He added: “You want to play for a team that wants you. It was important (to make a commitment like this). They traded for me, and they wanted me, and they were talking highly about me. You know, when you hear that, you want to play for a team that wants you, and that’s why it was so important to me.”

Huberdeau spent 10 seasons in Florida after the Panthers drafted him third overall in 2011. He racked up 613 points in 671 games with the franchise, including a career-best 115 points this past campaign.

With Calgary losing Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau this summer, Huberdeau said he hopes to fulfill a leadership role for the Flames.

“I want to be a leader,” Huberdeau said. “I’m at an age where I can do that, and that’s what I want to do.”

The Calgary Flames and winger Jonathan Huberdeau agreed on an eight-year extension worth $10.5 million per season, the team announced Thursday.

The deal will kick in for the 2023-24 season. Huberdeau, whom the Flames acquired earlier this offseason in a blockbuster trade for Matthew Tkachuk, will count for $5.9 million this coming campaign as he plays out the final year of his existing contract.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long term,” Huberdeau said. “I’m excited for this new chapter, and I am committed to this team. I’ll give everything I have, on and off the ice, and I can’t wait to play in front of the passionate Flames fans.”

Calgary obtained Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 conditional first-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Tkachuk, who had informed the Flames he wouldn’t sign a new deal. Shortly after the trade, Huberdeau said he’d be open to signing with Calgary long term.

Huberdeau will be the league’s second-highest paid left-winger when his new contract kicks in, behind Artemi Panarin ($11.642 million per year). The lucrative extension will also make him Calgary’s highest-paid skater by a significant margin, with Andrew Mangiapane ranking second at $5.8 million per year.

Huberdeau finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting this past season after posting a career-high 115 points and helping the Panthers capture their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. He’s one of the NHL’s most dynamic playmakers:

The 29-year-old played his entire career in Florida since being drafted third overall in 2011. Huberdeau has 613 points in 671 games.

Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar have only been Calgary Flames players for a couple of days, but the pair of former Florida Panthers are open to sticking with their new team.

“We didn’t really talk about that, but I’m open to staying in Calgary for a long time. … We haven’t gotten to go to Calgary and see everything, but I’m open for it,” Huberdeau said during his introductory press conference Monday.

Weegar shared a similar sentiment.

“Yep, same here, open to signing a long-term deal. … The city and the team, there’s no reason not to be open about it,” the 28-year-old defenseman said. “I’m looking forward to my agent talking to (general manager Brad Treliving) and seeing what’s going on.”

The Flames acquired Huberdeau, Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a conditional 2025 first-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for star forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional 2025 fourth-rounder late Friday night.

Huberdeau and Weegar each have one year remaining on their current deals with a combined cap hit of $9.15 million and can become unrestricted free agents next summer.

Huberdeau admitted it was hard to say what might factor into his decision to stay but was pleased the Flames sought his services.

“They’re the ones that traded for me, and that means they want me,” the 29-year-old star winger said. “Obviously, the situation was different with Tkachuk wanting to leave Calgary, but I think they still went and got us. You want to play for a team that wants you, and that’s all I want.”

Weegar, meanwhile, revealed what might be on his mind while thinking about his future with Calgary.

“Are we a winning team, how is the city, how are the teammates, how are my coaches?” he said. “I think … they’re the boxes that you check to sign a long-term deal with the team. … I’ve heard lots of great things about all those things I just said.”

The Panthers captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best team in the regular season after a 122-point campaign. Huberdeau and Weegar were key to Florida’s success, with the former potting 115 points in 80 games and the latter ranking second among the team’s blue-liners with 44 points in 80 contests.

The Flames had a spectacular season of their own, finishing atop the Pacific Division with a record of 50-21-11.

The Calgary Flames have traded star forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional 2025 fourth-round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jonathan HuberdeauMacKenzie WeegarCole Schwindt, and a conditional 2025 first-round draft pick, the Flames announced Friday.

Florida subsequently inked the winger to an eight-year deal through the 2029-30 season, the Panthers announced. Tkachuk’s new contract is worth $76 million, according to Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest.

The draft selection heading to Calgary is lottery-protected, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.

“Matthew is a tenacious, physical competitor who possesses a tremendously unique skill set,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. “He is a consistent elite offensive contributor and has emerged as one of the most complete and dynamic young players in the National Hockey League. We are thrilled to be able to add a generational talent to our lineup.”

Tkachuk reportedly informed the Flames earlier this week that he had no intentions of signing a new long-term deal with the club. The 24-year-old apparently provided Calgary with a list of teams he’d sign a long-term contract with, including the Panthers.

The Flames selected Tkachuk sixth overall in 2016. The American is coming off a career year in which he posted 42 goals and 62 assists en route to an eighth-place finish in the NHL’s scoring race.

Meanwhile, Huberdeau will fill Johnny Gaudreau‘s spot on Calgary’s top line after the latter bolted in free agency. Huberdeau was fifth in voting for the Hart Trophy last season, registering a league-leading 85 assists and 115 points over 80 appearances.

Weegar also had a strong 2021-22 campaign, tallying 44 points, 156 blocks, and 179 hits across 80 games as he earned some down-ballot votes for the Norris Trophy.

Both Huberdeau and Weegar are set to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we would like to thank Jonathan and MacKenzie for their immense contributions to the Florida Panthers, both on and off the ice, during their tenures in South Florida,” Zito said in a statement. “They have both blossomed into exceptional athletes and people. Their contributions as players and people made an indelible mark on our franchise, and we wish them both continued success in their future.”

Schwindt made his NHL debut last season, going pointless in three appearances. The right winger was a third-round selection of the Panthers in 2019.

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Jonathan Huberdeau is the Florida Panthers’ new all-time scoring leader.

The 26-year-old winger recorded his 420th career point in an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday to move past Olli Jokinen for the top spot in the franchise’s history.

Huberdeau set up Mike Hoffman with a beautiful feed to reach the milestone.

The Panthers honored Huberdeau, who was selected by Florida third overall at the 2011 draft, with a video tribute during a TV timeout.
The assist brought Huberdeau’s point total up to a team-leading 61 through 45 games in 2019-20. The Quebec native is also on pace to break the Panthers’ single-season scoring record. That mark currently belongs to teammate Aleksander Barkov, who tallied 96 points last season.

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The Florida Panthers‘ first line was reunited at their morning skate as Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr skated with Jonathan Huberdeau – who’s set to return from injury Monday against the Boston Bruins – for the first time in a month.

Huberdeau missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, and was hurt one day before Barkov’s return from a six-game absence with an upper-body injury of his own. The Panthers’ top line last played together Feb. 8.

With 11 goals and 29 assists in 59 games, Huberdeau will need 14 more points in his team’s final 17 contests to match his career high set last year.

Trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning by two points, the Panthers begin an important three-game homestand Monday. After hosting the Bruins, they’ll be visited by a pair of teams vying for playoff spots in the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Florida Panthers and restricted free-agent forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth a reported $6.5 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

“Jonathan is a skilled and dynamic young player who will play an important role on our team for the future,” general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. “We want the best players and the best team. It’s really starting to come together.”

The 22-year-old, drafted third overall by the Panthers back in 2011, is entering his fourth NHL season and set career highs in 2014-15 with 15 goals, 39 assists, and 169 shots.

Huberdeau was named the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2013 and is expected to take a bigger step forward this season in a top-line role with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr.

The term on the new deal suggests the Panthers want to see a bit more before making a long-term, big-money commitment. Huberdeau is well-positioned to demonstrate he’s indeed a player the rising Panthers will continue to build around.

Huberdeau will earn $2.5 million in the first year and $4 million in year two.

The Florida Panthers have extended their best offer to forward Jonathan Huberdeau on a two-year contract, but the restricted free agent is undecided, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.

Two other clubs are considering submitting an offer sheet to Huberdeau’s camp, according to the report.

The 22-year-old became an RFA after scoring 15 goals and adding 39 assists in his third season with the Panthers.

Earlier this month, George Richards of the Miami Herald reported that the two sides had agreed on terms, but were still negotiating his salary.

Huberdeau was drafted third overall by Florida in 2011.

Roberto Luongo has high hopes for his squad.

The Florida Panthers goalie is entering his second full season on his second tour of duty with the club, and expects to push the campaign past 82 games in 2015-16.

“Last year we weren’t quite sure what we were going to get; we had a lot of new faces and a new coaching staff,” he told the team’s website. “This year it’s time to take that next step. It’s really all about the playoffs for our team; nothing beneath that will be acceptable. I think as a group we realize that and demand that of ourselves.”

Key to that success, says Luongo, will be the presence of Jaromir Jagr, who found chemistry with youngsters Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, helping Florida go 12-6-2 after joining the Panthers via trade.

“(Jagr) played unreal,” Luongo said. “The whole first line played really well together as a three-man unit. If we can get that kind of production every night for the upcoming season, I think we’re in pretty good shape.

“We know we have a good group and we can do some special things in the coming years. I think right now we want to be focused on this season and making sure (we’re) taking the next step as a group and getting into the playoffs, and then you never know.”

The Panthers finished last season seven points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 38-29-15.

The team boasts a plethora of young talent, with Huberdeau, Barkov, and defenseman Aaron Ekblad being the most notable names. But at the end of the day, it might be the two veterans – Luongo and Jagr – that help the team get over the hump sooner than expected.

Even an ageless wonder can have an expiration date.

Jaromir Jagr, at the ripe young age of 43, confirmed recently with Czech hockey reporter Zdenek Janda of Denik Sport that he would like to play in the NHL for two more years.

The forward was traded to the Florida Panthers in February and enjoyed a career resurgence working alongside up-and-coming stars Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.

He has one year left on his current contract, which will pay him $3.5 million in 2015-16.

The legend has amassed 1,802 points in 1,550 regular-season games in the NHL and recently added another notch to his belt when he was named MVP of the World Championship for his native Czech Republic.