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NHL News: Canadiens Don’t Match Kotkaniemi Offer Sheet, Hajek Re-sign and Surgery for Gerbe

Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens announced they have not matched the offer sheet by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin: “Carolina has used a tool available to them in the collective bargaining agreement and we accept that decision.”

The Canadiens receive the Hurricanes 2022 first- and third-round picks.

“Jesperi Kotkaniemi is a player who has been on our radar since before his draft year. 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.