Friedman on Huberdeau, Hoffman trade speculation

So just how available might Jonathan Huberdeau be via trade?

Elliotte Friedman had a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650.

At one point during the trade-based discussion that covered a lot of ground, the Insider was asked about the Florida Panthers potentially wanting to clear more salary cap space to take a run at Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky this summer, and whether Mike Hoffman and/or Jonathan Huberdeau might be involved in this kind of scenario.

“I definitely think Hoffman is available,” indicated Friedman. “He’s a really talented guy. He’s got one more year at I think $5.5 million. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody trades for him because you’re always looking for scoring.

“The Huberdeau one is interesting. That came out I guess in the last 24 hours. I’ve had people tell me that there is no way that Florida is dealing Huberdeau, and I’ve had other people tell me that they’ve heard quietly Florida is at least looking at it. So I don’t know what to say.

“I just can’t believe they would trade Huberdeau, who’s on a great contract, unless the return was unbelievable.”

Huberdeau is in the second season of a six-year, $35.4 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $5.9 million.

That pact contains a no-move clause that will kick in July 1.

Hoffman has another season beyond 2018-19 remaining on his four-year, $20.75 million contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 10 locales.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly