dinner with Brad Treliving prompted him to sign

When the Flames acquired Jonathan Huberdeau (among others) in return for Matthew Tkachuk, they knew very well that they were going to have to try to reach a long-term agreement with the Quebecer, who would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023. .

And last night, they were finally able to say mission accomplished: Huberdeau signed an eight-year contract extension that will make him a member of the Flames for the next nine seasons.

When I look at the parameters of the offer, I continue to believe that Huberdeau has accepted the offer that Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk have both refused in the past few weeks. But OK.

For Huberdeau, it’s a great offer that ensures him a very good salary until he is 38 years old. My colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois argued this morning that he could hardly have done better on the free agent market in a year, and I tend to agree.

But if Huberdeau decided to make a long-term commitment with the Flames, it’s also because he felt appreciated by the organization. Earlier this week, Brad Treliving went to Montreal for dinner with him, and in the end, it played a big role, as the main interested party claims.

Basically, according to Huberdeau, seeing Treliving taking the time to come out and have dinner with him in his corner made him feel that the organization really cared about him. And while he wasn’t totally convinced he was going to sign long-term with the Flames that night, he had a good feeling it was going to happen eventually.

And a few days later, history will have proven him right.

Treliving hasn’t had it easy this summer. He had to deal with the departure of Gaudreau and Tkachuk, possibly the two most important players on his team, but despite everything, the long-term signing of Huberdeau represents a nice consolation prize.

If he can also convince Mackenzie Weegar to sign long-term, Treliving will have done an exceptional job. The situation was really not obvious, but he probably handled this one in the best way.

In the long term, therefore, the Flames will build around Huberdeau and Elias Lindholm, quite possibly their two best offensive elements. That said, the defense is very solid, there are good supporting forwards (Andrew Mangiapane, Tyler Toffoli and Mikael Backlund, among others) and Jacob Markstrom is not a bad goaltender.

Hats off to Treliving, therefore, who played his cards well to encourage Huberdeau to stay in town.

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