Heartbreaking revelation from Jonathan Huberdeau ahead of Flames’ opener on X  

Heartbreaking revelation from Jonathan Huberdeau ahead of Flames’ opener

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The Calgary Flames are kicking off the 2023-24 season later tonight, and no one is more ready than forward Jonathan Huberdeau. After the team underwent significant changes in head coach Darryl Sutter getting fired and replaced by Ryan Huska and new general manager Craig Conroy taking over the reins from Brad Treliving, Huberdeau feels rejuvenated and is looking to return to the player that was brought to Calgary, the one that scored 115 points during the 2021-22 season.

But last season, it was not possible for Huberdeau to thrive. Earlier this week, the veteran forward revealed how he lost his passion for the game last season. He even explained how he didn’t feel like himself even in the dressing room.

“I didn’t have fun last year. I think the first time in my career, I kinda lost the passion a little bit to come to the rink and stuff like that. They way I was playing on the ice, it wasn’t me and it kind of frustrated me.”

Huberdeau feels his confidence has returned during the offseason and is now looking to play up to the numbers on his eight-year, $84 million contract. He even believes the atmosphere is better in the dressing room with the entire team focused on reaching the postseason, after missing out of the playoffs this past spring.

“In the end, it’s up to us to get the work done on the ice. But overall, it’s an exciting time and everybody’s having fun so far.”

Huberdeau sure sounds in a better mood and will look to come out strong as soon as the Flames hit the ice later today as they host the Winnipeg Jets in Calgary.

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