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Huberdeau discusses his emotions after seeing the Panthers win the Stanley Cup


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Sam Jones
July 9, 2024  (12:38)
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Huberdeau discusses his emotions after seeing the Panthers win the Stanley Cup
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Jonathan Huberdeau, a name synonymous with the Florida Panthers due to his ten-season stint and record-setting performances, found himself discussing the bittersweet realities of professional sports in a candid new interview.

After a decade with the Panthers, where he rose to become the franchise's top player, his trade to the Calgary Flames coincided with his former team clinching the Stanley Cup—a moment of mixed emotions for the seasoned winger.
It's hard to see the guys lift the cup. You tell yourself, I was there for 10 years, during difficult times. But that's how you build a team. When you're young, you don't care, you just want to build your career. Now I'm back in this situation, but a little older.
Huberdeau's reflection in the interview with La Presse underscores the harsh realities of sports trades and transitions. He also expressed concerns about his current performance with the Flames, acknowledging the weight of expectations that come with his significant contract.
I'm sure it's tough to get traded. I knew it by signing the contract, but I didn't know how it was going to go. I thought I was going to produce points, that it would go well, but the defensive game system didn't help.

In the past season, Huberdeau's statistics — 12 goals and 52 points — fell short of expectations, especially considering the $10.5M annual salary tied to his seven-year contract. With his production on a downtrend, there's growing concern that his contract could become one of the least favorable in the NHL. This financial and performance pressure is compounded by the broader team dynamics, as the Calgary Flames appear to be on the brink of a rebuild, with reports from NHL insiders suggesting potential trades and a reshaping of the team roster following the departures of key players like Tkachuk and Gaudreau. [Link to the source
Despite the upheavals and challenges, Huberdeau isn't resigned to unhappiness in Calgary. Instead, he's poised to refocus and reclaim his reputation as a premier player in the NHL. The situation calls for a pivotal season ahead, where Huberdeau's adaptability and resilience will be crucial in navigating the Flames' transitional phase and his own career trajectory.
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