The Hurricanes tendered a proposal sheet Saturday to Canadiens restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi, a response to Montreal making an attempt to poach Carolina’s Sebastian Aho the identical means two years in the past.
Kotkaniemi signed the supply sheet for $6.1 million for subsequent season. The Canadiens have seven days to match or obtain Carolina’s 2022 first- and third-round picks as compensation.
“Jesperi Kotkaniemi accepted our supply. He needs to come back to Carolina ,” Carolina normal supervisor Don Waddell stated, mimicking the assertion Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin made when Aho accepted Montreal’s supply sheet. “He’s seen the core we’ve constructed right here, and he needs to be part of that.”
Montreal signed Aho to a $42.3 million, five-year supply sheet in the summertime of 2019. Carolina rapidly matched to maintain their younger star round, and it will be stunning if the Canadiens didn’t discover a technique to hold Kotkaniemi.
“We’re proud, however there’s nonetheless a ready interval,” Waddell stated. “Once you make a proposal like that, we noticed a (crew in a) weak place. The supply, with the compensation and the core we’ve got, we realized that it was one of the best likelihood we needed to get the participant.”
Carolina’s Twitter account posted the message “Folks don’t overlook” about Aho’s supply sheet and referenced the $20 signing bonus in Kotkaniemi’s deal — Aho’s jersey quantity. Kotkaniemi’s contract which is value a complete of $6,100,015 in a nod to his No. 15.
The edge for compensation growing to a first-, a second- and a third-rounder in 2022 is $6,166,096.
The Hurricanes additionally jabbed on the Canadiens by tweeting the information about Kotkaniemi in French.
The Canadiens and Kotkaniemi’s agent didn’t instantly reply to messages in search of remark in regards to the supply sheet.
Kotkaniemi scored 5 targets and added three assists throughout Montreal’s stunning run to the Stanley Cup Ultimate. The 21-year-old Finn who was the third decide within the 2018 has 62 factors in 171 regular-season NHL video games.