BIG CHANCE the Habs are losing Kotkaniemi according to Friedman

Published August 31, 2021 at 3:34 PM

There is a «legitimate chance» the Montreal Canadiens are considering not matching the offer sheet tendered by the Carolina Hurricanes to forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi over the weekend, per Sportsnet‘s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman reported on 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, that the Canadiens are potentially weighing the merits of the one-year, $6.1-million deal against the haul of draft picks from the Hurricanes and the flexibility offered by the 21-year-old coming off the books.

«I do think there is a legitimate chance that Montreal's considering not matching the offer sheet,» Friedman said on 31 Thoughts: The Podcast. «Famous last words, it could change. It might just be a visceral reaction. They do have a week.»

«I think Montreal's going to take those picks around the league and are going to see,» Friedman said. «I could see Montreal going to Arizona and saying, ‘How would a first and a third be for Dvorak? Do we have the framework of a deal here?'»

Friedman also raised the question of the Canadiens going after Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel.

«I'm not sure Montreal is really big in the Jack Eichel sweepstakes. Their offer they knew was lower than what Buffalo would take,» he said.

Credit: SportsNet
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BIG CHANCE the Habs are losing Kotkaniemi according to Friedman

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