Jonathan Huberdeau spoke to the media the day after his long-term association with the Calgary Flames. Just days after his dinner in Montreal with team general manager Brad Treliving, the Quebecer signed an eight-year extension valued at $84 million.
Huberdeau wants to be a leader on the ice and in the community
“Dinner went well. He wanted to take the time to get to know me before signing me for the long term. I had a good feeling after the meeting that I would sign a long pact. His trip to come to Montreal to meet me proves the person he is. It makes me want to play for him,” said the 29-year-old veteran.
Jonathan Huberdeau leaves the Panthers after ten seasons under the hot Florida sun. The monster transaction sending him to the Flames in exchange for notably Matthew Tkachuk was difficult to swallow at the time for Huberdeau. Two weeks later, he is more serene about his future.
“The transaction was a shock for me, but I had to turn the page quickly. I’m really excited to join this team. They compromised to get my services, they really wanted me and that had an impact on my decision to commit to them long term,” he added.
The 29-year-old Huberdeau wanted to continue playing for a Stanley Cup-winning team, and the Flames fit perfectly into his plans for that.
“The future in Calgary is bright. It’s a team that wants to win now and that’s why I’m excited to join this team. At my age, I want to win right now,” said the forward from St-Jérome, who is also looking forward to his arrival on the other side of the border.
“As a Canadian, it’s exciting for me to play in my country. Calgary is a great hockey city. Supporters are fired up. Playing for the visiting team for the past few years, it’s always been difficult to play at the Saddledome. There is a nice atmosphere there. »
“I want to win now”
With one season left on his contract, Huberdeau is happy not to have to worry about what happens next when he begins his first season in a Flames uniform.
“It’s a relief for me. I wanted to get there and know that I was going to be there for the next nine years. It was important to me. I will give everything for this team. »