What We Learned: Time for the Montréal Canadiens to let Jesperi Kotkaniemi go
You take the first- and third-round picks as compensation and move on with your life.
I don't think there's a single person in hockey who believes Kotkaniemi is worth $6.1 million against the cap in a realistic sense; if he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent tomorrow, there's not a single team that would give him that money free and clear. The reason Carolina offered it, then, is that it believes this would be short-term pain (one year of gross overpayment) to lock in the player on his next contract at a more affordable number. The $6.1 million is, effectively, the price being paid so that Mont
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