One of the big name RFAs still without a deal, with training camp looming, reportedly has an offer. Jonathan Huberdeau has been offered a two-year contract from the Florida Panthers, but Huberdeau has not yet accepted the deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
The interesting wrinkle here is that McKenzie reports that a “couple of teams” are mulling an offer sheet for Huberdeau as the stalemate on a new contract with Florida continues to drag on.
McKenzie didn’t give a number to what the Cats’ offer was or who the two teams considering an offer sheet are, but it’s likely that all will come to light in the next few days, with training camp at hand and preseason hockey starting up on Sunday.
Earlier in the summer, it was rumored that the initial sticking point between the two sides was term, rather than money. George Richards of the Miami Herald reported early in September that the term conflict has been put to bed and the offer is presumably representative of that agreement.
The former Calder Trophy winner scored 15 goals and 39 assists to end his entry-level deal last year, leading the Panthers in scoring.
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