Prior to the Carolina Hurricanes’ first meeting against the Montreal Canadiens this season at Bell Centre on Thursday night, the team created a website on GoDaddy called “Did The Habs Lose?” The two teams have been trolling each other for years.
Two summers after the Hurricanes matched the Canadiens’ five-year offersheet that carries an $8.46025 million cap hit to center Sebastian Aho (the first offersheet in seven years), they tendered a one-year, $6.1 million offersheet to center Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Canadiens did not match, making the offersheet the first successful one since 2007.
The Hurricanes website, when launched last night, included Hurricanes shirts with Kotkaniemi and Aho’s names on the back, which were on sale, with the code “oui”. The site also answered the question, “did the Habs lose?”
On Friday, the website was hacked, presumably by a Canadiens fan or fans. What it looks like now can be seen in the top image. The hacker(s) also altered the “about us” section of the website (below).
Kotkaniemi earned his first goal as a Hurricane while Aho scored twice to help Carolina win 4-1 (hence the offer depicted above). The Canadiens are now the only team in the NHL who has not earned a point this season, as they are 0-5-0 and have a league-worst -15 goal differential.
Meanwhile, the Hurrricanes are 3-0-0.
It’s likely we haven’t seen the last of the trolling between these two teams. Stay tuned.
By Harrison Brown