With Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar open to a future in Calgary, Flames’ re-tooling is underway

They talked about cowboys, they talked about mountains, they talked about Stampede and they talked about winning.

But what everyone wants to know is whether Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar are ready to talk about extensions.

“I’m open,” said Huberdeau, less than 72 hours after having his dream-like existence in Florida upended with a blockbuster trade to Calgary.

“We’ve never really talked about that. But I’m open to staying in Calgary for a long time. We’ve only been there 48 hours and we haven’t got to go to Calgary to see everything, but I’m open for it and I’ll kind of leave that to the GM and the agent. They already started talking about it. We’ll see what’s going to happen. I’m open, for sure.”

And you, Mr. Weegar?

“Same here,” said one of the most underrated top-pairing blueliners in the league. “I’m open to sign a long-term deal. It’s been quick and it’s been short so far, but the city and the team, there’s no reason not to be open about it. I’m looking forward to my agent talking to Brad and seeing what’s going on. I’m very open to it.”

Sure, talk is cheap.

Putting their (long-term) money where their mouths are will ultimately dictate the true winner of a deal that has the hockey world lauding Brad Treliving for procuring the two stars, Cole Schwindt and a lottery-protected first rounder for Matthew Tkachuk and a fourth.

Both players’ agents have had preliminary talks with Treliving, but it would be foolish for anyone to expect either to commit to anything without sampling the city, organization and a winter.

After all, both can write their own ticket anywhere they’d like after this season, a la Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau.

They’re that coveted.

What’s different here is both are Canadian-born, adding intrigue to their new destination despite still reeling from a trade neither wanted.

“I never thought I would play in Canada,” said Huberdeau, 29, a native of Quebec, who was blown away by the response from fans online, welcoming him. 

Author: Lucy Green