I'll be shocked if Huberdeau resigns in Calgary. He's an East Coast guy with desires to play in Mtl coming off an MVP caliber year. Teams will bend over backwards to pay him including Mtl with 23 million in cap space next year and he's already said in 2021 news article that he wants to go there!
Mackenzie Weegar with that defence and Sutter is IMO a perfect match. I'd be stunned if he doesn't resign. Sutter will make him even better after what he did to Zadorov/Gudbranson.
The Flames will still be relevant w/o Huberdeau as they have a solid defence, goalie and Sutter,
That would mean Weegar, 2025 1st, good prospect plus the Huberdeau return (who's the same age, term, salary as JT Miller) so look at those returns for Miller being passed around. That in any reality is a win for Calgary.
3 first round picks
2 months of Claude Giroux
2 Months of Ben Chiarot
That ain’t want good business for Florida
I don't think it's fair to include their rentals in with this trade.
Their "asset management" with their 1st round picks is a mixed bag. They got Reinhart on a mid-term extension for a 1st round pick and a good goalie prospect. Which was a position of strength for them, as they have Knight already. After using Reinhart for two seasons, they could easily turn around and trade him at the draft next year for a 1st and a prospect. Will they do that? Maybe not. But from an asset management POV, they opened themselves up to rent Reinhart for two seasons with the opportunity cost only being cap.
I also don't think paying a 1st+Weegar+3rd Round prospect to upgrade Huberdeau to Tkachuk is that bad of a move. People are getting sticker shock with Weegar, but given that Florida already talked an extension with him, it is possible that they couldn't meet his ask. With how depressed the trade market is right now, Weegar won't return very much at all. The only way he will get a huge return is if Florida takes back Zaitsev from Ottawa to inflate the return, which they weren't in a position to do. If they move Weegar without taking back cap, he might get a 2nd round pick. It's a trend this off season that there are very few takers for good players. It's a buyers market.
I think with Huberdeau, they may have been afraid his value was inflated coming off of a career year. Barkov has a habit of making guys around him better. Huberdeau was in a position to ask for a similar number to Tkachuk, 9-10 million. Would they rather pay Tkachuk 9-10, or Huberdeau? If they felt backed into a corner where they could either overpay Huberdeau, or risk losing him for nothing, then giving up what I think was the equivalent of a 1st+2nd+3rd in this trade market was a very good solution. Not to mention, Tkachuk is an upgrade, and a very unique player.
The TDL pickups were ill advised, but I don't think giving up a 1st for a long term move like this was a bad move.