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Eight-Year Extension For Jesperi Kotkaniemi In Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi to an eight-year contract extension. The deal will pay Kotkaniemi an average-annual value (AAV) of $4.82 million per season through 2029-30.

“Jesperi has shown us just how high his ceiling can be through his skill and work ethic, and that he is a great fit with our young core,” said Waddell. “He is still just 21 years old, and we are confident his role in our organization will continue to expand in the years to come.”

Kotkaniemi, 21, has tallied 23 points (11g, 12a) in 59 games with Carolina in 2021-22. His 11 goals are tied for his single-season career high, previously set over 79 games in 2018-19, and rank tied for sixth on the team. The 6’2”, 201-pound forward was acquired from Montreal in the offseason when the Canadiens declined to match the NHL’s first successful offer sheet since 2007. Kotkaniemi registered 62 points (22g, 40a) in 171 regular-season games with Montreal from 2018-21 and added 12 points (9g, 3a) in 29 playoff games with the team, including the overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2021 North Division First Round against Toronto. He also skated in 13 AHL games with Laval in 2019-20, recording 13 points (1g, 12a). The Pori, Finland, native earned 37 points (12g, 25a) in 67 Liiga games over two seasons with Assat and represented his home country at the 2017 and 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, winning silver in 2017 and gold in 2018. Kotkaniemi was selected third overall by Montreal in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Holy crap, did NOT see that coming.

Posted by pnwwing on 03/21/22 at 03:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heckuva deal.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 03/21/22 at 07:31 PM ET

d ca's avatar

This was always in the works.

Carolina figured it could get more from him as Montreal screwed up his development: he came over to NA and played right away despite being being underdeveloped muscular-wise for his size—especially in the NHL vs the AHL (where he should have started because of—->he was then moved up and down the lineup and when his production decreased he was pulled by the coaching staff—and at the worst time for any hockey player (the Cup Finals as a healthy scratch)

So Carolina signed the 6.1M one year offer sheet so Montreal couldn’t match because Kotkaniemi would have to be qualified at that number this July or become a free agent AND Montreal was already cap strapped.

The extension was always going to be less than 6.1M. That 6.1M was a poison pill for Montreal after the Aho offer sheet and to make sure Montreal couldn’t match. It was an over-payment for one year with probably a wink wink fair extension to be signed after that.


Posted by d ca on 03/22/22 at 03:36 PM ET

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