February 17, 2019 | 8:46pm ET



Jonathan Huberdeau, forward


There has been plenty of speculation over Jonathan Huberdeau’s future with the Florida Panthers this month, and with the trade deadline quickly approaching, some wonder if he’s being dangled as bait.

TFP reported last week that the Panthers had no plans to trade Huberdeau, amid trade rumours, and while teams have inquired about his services, that still appears to be the case.

In fact, according to TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta, Huberdeau and his agent, Allan Walsh, have been assured by Panthers management that they will not be trading the 25-year-old star winger.

Huberdeau, who is on pace to set a career-high in assists and points this season, is in the second-year of a six-year, $35.4 million contract and has a full no-movement clause that kicks in July 1.

It had been originally suggested that Huberdeau could be put in a deal to Columbus to bring Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky to Florida, but that notion has since been quelled.

The Panthers are, however, engaged in trade talks with several teams for some of their other players, such as forwards Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and Mike Hoffman.

Brassard and Hoffman are among those ranked on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.

In 56 games with the Panthers so far this season, Huberdeau has registered 13 goals and 39 assists for 52 points.

“Teams have called and inquired about Huberdeau, but I’ve received pretty strong comments from sources telling me the Panthers have no plans to trade him (by the deadline,” Pagnotta said.

The Panthers are weighing their options on some of their other players, including recently-acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, winger Troy Brouwer, goalie James Reimer, and winger Mike Hoffman, who owns a 10-team no-trade list.

Tallon has over $21 million in available salary cap space next season, and he’ll receive more when the salary cap increases to anywhere from $81 million to $83 million.