Striker Jesperi Kotkaniemi became a definite member of the Carolina Hurricanes team on Saturday. The Montreal Canadiens team decided not to match the submitted sheet.
One week ago, Kotkaniemi accepted Hurricanes’ offer for an annual contract worth $ 6,100,015 as a limited free agent. The Canadiens had seven days to call her. To compensate for the player’s loss, they receive elections from Carolina in the first and third rounds of Draft 2022.
Exchange: Montreal already has a replacement for Kotkaniemi
“Carolina used the tool available to it under the collective agreement and we accept that decision.” announced Montreal General Manager Marc Bergevin.
His colleague from Carolina, Don Waddell, admitted that he had been watching young Finland for several years: “Jesperi Kotkaniemi is the player we have been watching since his draft year. We believe that Rod Brind´Amour will flourish in the system and culture and will be an important part of what we are building here in Caroline for years to come. ”
Carolina tried to get the 21-year-old Kotkaniemi first through an exchange. Finally, she opted for an offer sheet, which was also perceived as retribution for the offer sheet that Montreal presented to Sebastian Ah in 2019.