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Jesperi Kotkaniemi Is Now A Member Of The Carolina Hurricanes

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday the team's decision to not match the offer sheet made by the Carolina Hurricanes to restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

"Carolina has used a tool available to them in the collective bargaining agreement and we accept that decision," said Bergevin.

As compensation, the Canadiens receive a first and third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Hurricanes.

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Other than the big Dustin Penner overpay
and quick regression this was suitably the first
offer sheet with which it made sense to take the picks
and cap space and try to make an upgrade.

Something wasn’t working with team and player.
Both had sort of soured. And with Danault gone they need
a bona fide top-six center to support Nick Suzuki.

If the player loves his new coach and how this young, skilled
team plays and feels comfortable surrounded by more Finns…
and mainly took the poison pill to get out of Montreal and he’s willing to sign for
less per longer term, it can work for both sides.

Now Montreal’s gotta put their dispensable chips out there and find a center they really believe in

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/04/21 at 05:01 PM ET

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Last Saturday, Kotkaniemi signed a one-year contract with Carolina, which pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens declined to match the offer and will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

“Jesperi Kotkaniemi is a player who has been on our radar since before his draft year,” said Waddell. “We believe he will flourish in Rod Brind’Amour’s system and culture, and he will be an important piece of what we are building in Carolina for years to come.”

Kotkaniemi, 21, registered 20 points (5g, 15a) in 56 games with Montreal in 2020-21. During the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he posted eight points (5g, 3a) in 19 games. The 6’2”, 201-pound forward has tallied 62 points (22g, 40a) in 171 career NHL regular-season games, all with the Canadiens. Kotkaniemi also skated in 13 AHL games with Laval in 2019-20, recording 13 points (1g, 12a). He recorded 37 points (12g, 25a) in 67 Liiga (Finland) games over two seasons with Assat. Kotkaniemi represented Finland at both the 2017 and 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, winning silver in 2017 and gold in 2018. The Pori, Finland, native was selected in the first round, third overall, of the 2018 NHL Draft by Montreal.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/04/21 at 05:02 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Honestly not a bad win for Montreal since they got picks for a guy they probably wouldn’t have kept. Plus Carolina overpaid for him.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/04/21 at 05:12 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

That’s an expensive 3rd liner.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 09/04/21 at 05:22 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Doesn’t make sense. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 09/04/21 at 06:38 PM ET


They should present him with one of those giant novelty checks for $20 at the press conference.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 09/04/21 at 09:35 PM ET


Wow. I’m a bit surprised but also a bit impressed that Bergevin let him go. Obviously there’s upside with KK, but in 2021-22? It’s just sort of mad to see a guy coming off 5g and 15a getting $6 million for the next year. Odds are he ends up a UFA next summer. Does Carolina actually get value for one year out of him? I’m skeptical.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 09/04/21 at 09:35 PM ET


Canes did this out if pure spite, but Montreal is likely better for it.

Posted by pnwwing on 09/05/21 at 09:19 AM ET

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