News broke on Friday that the team had made a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames, sending all-time franchise points leader Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a lottery protected, first-round selection in the 2025 NHL draft to the Flames in exchange for 24-year-old forward Matthew Tkachuk.
Whew! That's a lot to take in. The Panthers cracked some Friday-night beers and chose violence!
For those unaware, this is the Panthers' version of the Miami Heat letting Dwyane Wade leave in free agency for the Chicago Bulls. Sentiment around the deal—even with a dominant player arriving in return— was...not great!
A ten-year veteran who has never played for a team other than the Panthers, Huberdeau, 29, had his best season this past campaign, notching 30 goals and 85 assists in 80 games.
Here is just a sampling of how Panthers fans dealt with the news of the franchise's No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft being exported to Canada:
Pain. Why god— Jordan Ivan "Jrill" Arill (@JordanArill) July 23, 2022
That doesn't make it hurt any less, though. Change is never easy.
So until the games start up again, expect to see more venting about one of the greatest Panthers ever being sent away.