Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Canadiens sign star Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

Canadiens sign star Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

With the bigger names off the table, the Habs may continue to make smaller deals like this.

The Montreal Canadiens, in a move that will inevitably land them as "Public Enemy No. 1" in Raleigh, have tendered an offer sheet to Sebastian Aho. "He agreed to this".

Dubas, the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, followed that up hours later by swinging a big trade with Colorado that shipped centre Nazem Kadri, defenceman Calle Rosen and a third-round selection in the 2020 National Hockey League draft to the Avalanche for blue-liner Tyson Barrie, forward Alex Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick next June. It also carries trade protection in the latter years of the deal. Kinkaid was traded to the Blue Jackets for a fifth-round pick on February 25, but he did not play a single game for Columbus last season.

Flashy winger Artemi Panarin signed with the New York Rangers, two-time Vezina Trophy victor Sergei Bobrovsky inked a deal with the Florida Panthers and centre Matt Duchene agreed to a lucrative contract with the Nashville Predators.

The Carolina Hurricanes now have seven days to match the contract, or accept compensation of a first-, second-, and third-round draft picks.

Cana general manager Don Waddell said the offer sheet came as a surprise and that he had not been able to discuss it with team owner Tom Dundon. Hockey-wise, it makes sense for Carolina to match the contract, though they are not a rich team, so this hurts them.

The only options presented were "Yes" and "Oui" - which should give a pretty good indication which way the Hurricanes are leaning.

A similar thing could happen to the Maple Leafs (Marner), Avalanche (Rantanen), Lightning (Point) or Capitals with Jakub Vrana.

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In the last two decades, only one offer sheet has been accepted. "There's been very few offer sheets".

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Keith Kinkaid as a backup goaltender to Carey Price. "There's been a lot of chatter over the past year or so that these are coming or whatnot". If they do let him leave, they would receive the Canadiens' first three picks in next year's draft.

"He's a great fit for our group going forward", said Canucks GM Jim Benning, who also signed defenceman Jordie Benn to a two-year pact worth $4 million.

Nicolas Deslauriers is going to get a fresh start in Anaheim.

Bergevin is hoping the signing bonuses - especially the first one - will be too much for the budget-conscious Hurricanes. "We make a decision and move on".

According to capfriendly.com, Carolina had over $22 million in cap space left and were actually below the NHL's $60.2-million salary floor.

The 25-year-old was a sixth-round pick from 2012 via the Washington Capitals and has most of his professional experience coming from time in the minors. "They just missed them past year".

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