Both Jonathan Huberdeau and Matthew Tkachuk are getting acclimated to their new clubs after a blockbuster trade involving the two shook the NHL. And for Huberdeau, that means not only making himself at home with the Calgary Flames, but having some fun with the fans.
The 29-year-old decided to also poke some fun at the blockbuster deal that sent him to Alberta. In an Instagram video via Bleacher Report from user @c_seg77, Huberdeau is in his car as a fan approaches with items to autograph. With a big smile, Huberdeau inked a trading card, but it didn’t have him on it. Instead, it featured Tkachuk, who took his spot with the Florida Panthers.
Huberdeau recently signed an eight-year extension to stay in Calgary long-term. The deal is the richest in Flames franchise history and carries an AAV of $10.5 million. On the other side of the deal, Tkachuk was the first-ever sign and trade in NHL history, as the RFA inked an eight-year, $76 million contract ($9.5 AAV) with Florida when traded.
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Right now, it looks like Calgary is having a blast with its newest acquisition. Huberdeau finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting last season, as he dished a career-high 30 goals and 85 assists for 115 points in 80 games, good for third in NHL scoring. He also helped the Panthers clinch their first-ever Presidents’ Trophy. Tkachuk is also coming off a career year that saw him put up 42 goals and 62 assists for 104 points in 82 games.
The Flames were in a tough spot after RFA and longtime star Johnny Gaudreau elected to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tkachuk notified the team that he would not re-sign with them. However, GM Brad Treliving made sure he wouldn’t lose two 100-point scorers and managed a deal that not only brought in Huberdeau but top defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.