Shocking Development With Jonathan Huberdeau In Calgary

It was a rough first year in Calgary for Jonathan Huberdeau last season. And 2023-24 is not starting out so well, either, for the former 115-point man. Tuesday night in the Calgary Flames' 4-2 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators, Huberdeau was benched for the entire third period, while his teammates went out and scored three goals to secure the victory.

Head coach Ryan Huska had apparently seen enough after two periods of the struggling forward, who now has just six points in 12 games, and is already a minus-12. 

Huberdeau is in the first season of an 8-year, $84M contract. And there he was, working the gate at the end of the Calgary bench. 

Huska explained the move as follows: 

“I thought Huby had an off night. And when we went into the third period, we wanted to try to get a little bit more flow and we went with the guys we felt were going. And that’s pretty much all it came down to.”

Huberdeau's teammates certainly had his back. 

“Huby is the man. He’s good. The most positive guy I’ve been around. He’s a hell of a player, he’s a hell of a person. It’s fine. It’s one period of his life, of his career. It’s not a big deal," said Dillon Dube. 

Forward Blake Coleman, who scored the winning goal, credited Huberdeau with taking the benching like a true professional, and solid teammate.

“I don’t know if the camera caught him, but we score the go-ahead goal, we get those blocks down the stretch, he’s celebrating, he’s excited for the team,” said Coleman. “Team guy through and through. It’s our job to lift each other up in times when it’s not going well, and we’re going to do that for him. And we know he’s going to be lifting us up as the year goes on here.”

Clearly, however, the Flames need to figure out something to get him going.