Hurricanes tender $6.1M offer sheet to Canadiens’ Kotkanemi

The Hurricanes tendered a deal sheet Saturday to Canadiens limited totally free representative Jesperi Kotkaniemi, an action to Montreal attempting to poach Carolina’s Sebastian Aho the very same method 2 years back.

Kotkaniemi signed the deal sheet for $6.1 million for next season. The Canadiens have 7 days to match or get Carolina’s 2022 very first- and third-round choices as settlement.

“Jesperi Kotkaniemi accepted our offer. He wants to come to Carolina ,” Carolina basic supervisor Don Waddell stated. “He’s seen the core we’ve built here, and he wants to be a part of that.”

Montreal signed Aho to a $42.3 million, five-year deal sheet in the summer season of 2019. Carolina rapidly matched to keep their young star around, and it would be unexpected if the Canadiens didn’t discover a method to keep Kotkaniemi.

“We’re proud, but there’s still a waiting period,” Waddell stated. “When you make an offer like that, we saw a (team in a) vulnerable position. The offer, with the compensation and the core we have, we realized that it was the best chance we had to get the player.”

Carolina’s Twitter account published the message “People don’t forget” about Aho’s deal sheet and referenced the $20 finalizing benefit in Kotkaniemi’s offer — Aho’s jersey number. Kotkaniemi’s agreement which deserves an overall of $6,100,015 in a nod to his No. 15.

The limit for settlement increasing to a very first-, a 2nd- and a third-rounder in 2022 is $6,166,096.

The Hurricanes likewise jabbed at the Canadiens by tweeting the news about Kotkaniemi in French.

The Canadiens and Kotkaniemi’s representative did not instantly react to messages looking for remark about the deal sheet.

Kotkaniemi scored 5 objectives and included 3 helps throughout Montreal’s unexpected go to the Stanley Cup Final. The 21-year-old Finn who was the 3rd choice in the 2018 has 62 points in 171 regular-season NHL video games.

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