A rivalry is brewing between two of the young and upcoming teams in the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens have traded tendering each other young star players and taunting each other on Twitter. On August 28th, 2021 the Carolina Hurricanes announced that Jesperi Kotkaniemi has signed an offer sheet with the team. The contract was worth 6.1 million dollars and as a little jab at the Montreal Canadiens Kotkaniemi had a signing bonus worth $20.
History of the Beef
In 2019 the rivalry was born after Hurricanes superstar Sebastian Aho agreed to an offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens. Agreeing to a five-year contract worth 42.27 million dollars. Carolina obviously matched the offer to keep their young superstar center.
Now in present-day the Carolina Hurricanes have pulled an "Uno Reverse Card" and have agreed to an offer sheet with the Canadiens young up and coming star player.
The Hurricanes then continued to taunt the Canadiens on Twitter by giving Kotkaniemi a $20 signing bonus. Aho happens to wear the number 20 for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Continuing to poke fun at the Canadiens on Twitter the Hurricanes tweeted out in French that they signed Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year contract worth 6.1 million dollars.
They also tweeted a picture of Jesperi Kotkaniemi with a link to an NHL.com article on the breaking https://www.bernardspharmacy.com news of Kotkaniemi agreeing to an offer sheet with the Hurricanes. With a caption of "LOL", the Hurricanes continued to poke fun at the Canadiens over Twitter.
What Happens Now?
Over the course of the next seven days, Marc Bergevin and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens management team will have to decide whether they want to match the offer sheet or not. If they do match the offer sheet then they will retain Jesperi Kotkaniemi for this next season. If they decide to not match the offer then they will get the Hurricanes" first-round pick and a third-round pick next year as compensation for losing Kotkaniemi.
How Does Jesperi Kotkaniemi Fit In With the Hurricanes
The third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft has been fairly successful in his three-season NHL career. Playing in 171 career games with the Canadiens, Kotkaniemi has totaled 22 goals and 40 assists for 62 points including five goals and 15 assists in 56 games.
If Kotkaniemi does become a member of the Carolina Hurricanes he will immediately become a vital piece to the team. Standing a 6’ 2" and possessing a dangerous shot the 21-year-old center will most likely slide into the second or third line for the Hurricanes. Joining a forward core filled with players such as Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen, and Martin Necas the Carolina Hurricanes will be set up for tremendous success now and in the near future. Be on the lookout for the Carolina Hurricanes to be in contention for the Stanley Cup over the next few years.
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