Both newly acquired Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar stated on Monday that they are open to continuing their careers in southern Alberta
after experiencing the emotional ups and downs of losing star forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk (no team has ever lost two 100-point players in the same off-season).
Star winger and dependable blueliner, who was acquired by GM Brad Treliving on Friday evening in a historic trade with Florida in exchange for Tkachuk, spoke with Calgary media on Monday via Zoom.
In regards to the move, Huberdeau commented, "We didn't really expect it." You don't think you're going to get a call late on Friday night, but we did.
It seems to be a part of the hockey industry. I stayed there for a very long period.
Huberdeau declared, "I'm open to remaining in Calgary for a very long time." “… I'll leave that decision up to the GM and my agency, and they've already begun discussing it. We'll wait and see what transpires.
The Flames had a normal season when expectations are abruptly elevated before any extensions are completed.
Many people thought the Flames would regress earlier in the off-season due to the potential loss of Gaudreau and Tkachuk, two-thirds of the best line in the NHL in 2021–22.
Since replacing Tkachuk with Huberdeau, a player with 115 points, and adding Weegar, a reliable defender, Calgary may again be considered the favourite to win the Pacific Division once more.
Cole Schwindt, a prospect, and a first-round draught pick were also added by Treliving.