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RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The one-year contract, which Kotkaniemi has signed, pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens have seven days to match the offer. If the Canadiens do not match the offer, they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

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Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Two years ago, the Montreal Canadiens tendered an offer sheet to Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes, an offer the Canes quickly matched to keep their star center.

Now, it’s the Canadiens’ turn.

The Canes on Saturday tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi of Montreal. The one-year contract, which Kotkaniemi signed, pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season. It also carries a $20 signing bonus for the Finnish forward.

The Canadiens have seven days to match the offer. If the Canadiens do not match the offer, they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

“Jesperi Kotkaniemi accepted our offer. He wants to come to Carolina,” Canes president and general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “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.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/28/21 at 06:09 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

This is why GMs tend to stay away from offer sheets. Payback is a beyotch

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/28/21 at 06:22 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Are they for real with a $20 signing bonus? That would be the equivalent of a $.20 signing bonus for a “normal folk” who earns $60k a year.

Also, if this is meant as a middle finger to Mtl I’m surprised they didn’t make it more like $8mil. Maybe they truly think Mtl won’t match it though and they’ll actually have to pay him.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/28/21 at 06:25 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

20 is Aho’s number.

Also their social media team is talking trash: 
https://mobile.twitter.com/canes/status/1431733973462487050

Pure entertainment!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/28/21 at 06:35 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Are they for real with a $20 signing bonus?

The Habs signed Aho, who wears #20, to an offer sheet previously. The $20 signing bonus is just the cherry on top of what is clearly revenge by the Canes.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this makes for interesting drama during the deadest part of the year for hockey coverage.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/28/21 at 08:43 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Pretty funny but at the same time, the whole idea that RFA offer sheets are a dirty tactic necessitating vengeance is weak, and this will make the next few offer sheets even less likely than they already were.

And fwiw, Aho was well worth his offer…not at all sure about this, though it’ll definitely put Montreal in a tough spot at C if he goes to the Canes.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/28/21 at 10:27 PM ET

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this is to f’n funny.  screw bergevin

Posted by akwingsfan on 08/29/21 at 02:31 AM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The one year contract is amusing as well because it lets them do it again next year.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 08/29/21 at 11:56 AM ET

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