Hurricanes Sign Canadiens’ RFA Jesperi Kotkaniemi To One-Year, $6.1 Million Offersheet In Apparent Revenge Move


The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed Montreal Canadiens restricted free agent center Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million contract two years after the Canadiens signed Hurricanes star center Sebastian Aho to a five-year offersheet that carried an $8.46025 million cap hit. The Hurricanes matched the Canadiens’ offersheet six days later.

The Canadiens now have seven days to match the offer.

“Jesperi Kotkaniemi accepted our offer. He wants to come to Carolina,” said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. “He sees the core we’ve built here and he wants to be a part of that. We’re proud, but there’s still a waiting period. When you make an offer like that, we saw 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.”

Kotkaniemi, 21, earned five goals and 20 points in 56 regular-season games last season before recording five goals and eight points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games on the Canadiens’ run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, where they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

The Canes also made minor adjustments to their Twitter page on Saturday, adding extra spice to their move today.

In 171 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens, Kotkaniemi (the third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft) has earned 22 goals and 62 points, half of those goals and more than half of those points (34) coming in his rookie year in 2018-19.

If the Canadiens do not match the offersheet to Kotkaniemi, who can become a restricted free agent again after this season, the Hurricanes will send them first- and third-round draft picks.

The Hurricanes also released their statement in French on Saturday.

The official contract is $6,000,015 with a bonus of $20. Kotkaniemi’s number and aho’s number.

By Harrison Brown

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1 Response to Hurricanes Sign Canadiens’ RFA Jesperi Kotkaniemi To One-Year, $6.1 Million Offersheet In Apparent Revenge Move

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s some Grade A trolling. Well done, canes.

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