last Saturday, Hurricanes offered the 21-year-old a decade One year and $6.1 million.
Kotkaniemi being a free agent with compensation, the Canadian could either offer him a matching contract or let him go to Carolina.
If he declines this option, the Habs will receive the Hurricanes’ first-round pick and next year’s third-round pick.
When a hostile bid is made, the team that owns the rights to the player without a contract has one week to respond. The Hurricanes announced their presentation to the public at 5:39 p.m. last Saturday — in a French tweet.
Hostile showing is a very rare maneuver in the NHL. It rarely works. The last time such a contract wasn’t matched was in 2007, when the Anaheim Ducks left Dustin Penner in Edmonton.
Canadians’ 2018 first-round pick, in third place, Kotkaniemi played 171 NHL games. He has 62 points, including 22 goals, to his record.
He was one of two players to have played all 56 matches as per the cut COVID schedule.
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