Jonathan Huberdeau Reflects on Pain of Seeing Panthers win Stanley Cup

Marvin Azrak
July 9, 2024  (11:55)

Jonathan Huberdeau, Calgary Flames
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Jonathan Huberdeau of the Calgary Flames reflected on his former team, the Florida Panthers, clinching the Stanley Cup.

Human emotion would tell you he would be hurting as he watched many former teammates live out their childhood dream while he remains stuck on a rebuilding team. The forward revealed he is no exception to the inclination.
It's tough to see the guys lift the cup. I spent 10 years there, through tough times. But that's how you build a team. When you're young, you just want to build your career. Now, I'm in this situation again, a bit older.

Jonathan Huberdeau spoke for the first time after Florida won the Stanley Cup and talked about the feelings of watching his former team win it all 🗣️

Traded to Calgary two years ago in a deal that sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida, Huberdeau acknowledged his struggles to replicate his impact from his Panthers days. After a stellar 115-point season in 2021-22, he regressed to 55 and then 52 in the past two seasons with the Flames.
Speaking on his former teammates and the Panthers' success, Huberdeau praised their hard work and the organizational moves that made them contenders.
I'm happy for the guys, especially Aleksander Barkov, who works so hard. Tkachuk's doing well in Florida, surrounded by talent. Zito made good moves with guys like Ekman-Larsson and Kulikov, and with a coach like Paul Maurice, I thought they'd win.

Jonathan Huberdeau publicly spoke out on his former team, the Panthers, winning the Cup and what his current team is going through right now.

Despite his decline and a hefty contract until 2031, Huberdeau remains committed to Calgary.
It's tough being traded. I knew what I signed up for, but I didn't expect this. I thought I'd produce more points, but the defensive system hasn't helped. At 31, you want to win now. It's harder to accept being in a rebuilding phase, but I support the young guys like Jakob Pelletier. I learned a lot from Jagr, and now I'm passing on that knowledge.

The 31 year-old knows his role and is ready to embrace it.
Helping others is important, especially with fellow Québécois. It's a special connection.
Jonathan Huberdeau Reflects on Pain of Seeing Panthers win Stanley Cup

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