Flames' newest faces Huberdeau, Weegar 'excited' for season following shock of trade
CALGARY — With the initial shock having finally subsided after learning that they had been traded from the Florida Panthers to Calgary , Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar are ready to get started with the Flames. “It was a big shock for me and my family,” Huberdeau, who had been with the Panthers since they drafted him third overall in 2011, said in a media availability Monday. “Late on Friday night, you don't think you're going to get a“It was a big shock for me and my family,” Huberdeau, who had been with the Panthers since they drafted him third overall in 2011, said in a media availability Monday. “Late on Friday night, you don't think you're going to get a call, but we did and it's part of the hockey business.
While the Calgary Flames may have lost two superstars this offseason, they at least got one in return, and they spent last night locking up to a long-term deal. With Jonathan Huberdeau now set to be in a Flames uniform for the next nine seasons, many eyes are glancing towards the pending UFA status of the other big piece of the Matthew Tkachuk trade: defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. © Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Former Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
TSN Calgary’s Salim Nadim Valji reports that sources tell him Weegar has “a strong, genuine desire” to stay in Calgary and that he and the Flames will engage next week about an extension for the 28-year-old defenseman.
The Panthers and Flames Just Redefined the "Hockey Trade"
The Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames pulled off the biggest deal of the salary cap era, and re-defined what a "hockey trade" is in the process.At approximately 11:45 PM EST on Friday night, the concept of leverage in professional hockey passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family.
After a pair of seasons in which Weegar received Norris votes, his stock is at an all-time high. There’s good reason for that, though. A dominant two-way defender, Weegar had emerged as the most underrated important part of the Panthers team that’s been on a meteoric rise the past few seasons. Now bringing his talents to Calgary, he adds to one of the best defense cores in the Western Conference, at least for next season.
But looking at Calgary’s future, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be too challenging to get an extension done with Weegar. The two albatross contracts weighing down Calgary’s salary cap picture for the upcoming season, Milan Lucic and Sean Monahan, both expire at the end of 2022-23. With more than $11M coming off the books in the form of those two deals, the Flames will have upwards of $15M in space to work with next offseason, per CapFriendly, with few other big contracts to sign.
Gilbertson: Flames GM Treliving lands impressive haul in blockbuster with Panthers
Most figured this was a trade that Brad Treliving simply couldn’t win. When a star player is angling for a change of scenery, and especially when the entire hockey world is aware of it, it’s tough to maximize the value of the return package. Many figured that the Calgary Flames, faced with the double-whammy departure of two top forwards, might be forced into a rebuild. With Friday’s late-night home-run swing, Treliving squashed both theories. The Flames’ general manager shipped Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a monster haul — assists machine Jonathan Huberdeau, rock-solid defenceman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-r
It’s the 2024 offseason where things get tricky. The majority of their core, including Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund, Tyler Toffoli, Noah Hanifin, Chris Tanev, and Oliver Kylington all hit the UFA market then, and with the salary cap only expected to increase a further $1M to $84.5M, things might get tricky with a solid few of those players at least due significant raises.
In the immediate future, though, a long-term extension for Weegar shouldn’t pose any problems for the Flames.
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