Habs decide not to match Hurricanes’ offer for Jesperi Kotkaniemi


Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi is now a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Montreal Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin said Saturday the club won’t match Carolina’s one-year, $6.1-million US offer for the 21-year-old restricted free agent.

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

Montreal will receive first- and third-round picks in the 2022 NHL draft from the Hurricanes.

The six-foot-two, 201-pound Kotkaniemi, taken third overall by Montreal in the 2018 NHL draft, had five goals and 15 assists in 56 regular-season games last season. He added five goals and three assists in 19 playoff contests.

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