When he was traded by the Florida Panthers last summer, Jonathan Huberdeau had quickly circled the date of his first game at Sunrise. This reunion evening with his team will take place on Saturday.
The Quebecer expects a mix of emotions when he returns to the amphitheater where he made his NHL debut.
” I can't wait, a indicated Huberdeau who had been the first round choice of the Panthers in 2011 (third overall). I can't wait to go there. It's going to be a lot of emotions. My family will also be present.
“We were expecting this moment. Having evolved with the Panthers for ten seasons, it will be special. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
“It's going to be a source of energy for me. They wanted to trade me. I'm going to want to put them in the face a bit. »
Before the first face-off, the media will set the stage for this first confrontation between Huberdeau and Matthew Tkachuk.
< p>“People won't be talking about it anytime soon. It's not Tkachuk's fault. He is happy to be with the Panthers. It's the same for me in Calgary.
“This is another chapter for me. This match will be able to allow me to turn the page. »
On July 23, the exchange of Huberdeau was surprised the hockey world. Several pundits thought the St. Jerome pride would sign a long-term contract and end his career with the Panthers.
General manager Bill Zito had other plans. He negotiated the case in a special way.
Even though Huberdeau had just had the best season of his career, Zito had no discussions with Huberdeau's agents before trading him to the Flames .
“I'm disappointed with the way they traded me. I know it's part of the business. The CEO knows it. I think I wish I had more respect.
“I was with this organization for ten years. I understand that he (Zito) has not been there for ten years. I have given a lot to this organization. ”