Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin made qualifying contract offers to six players on Monday, including Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Artturi Lehkonen.
Both players are restricted free agents with the NHL free-agency signing period beginning on Wednesday.
Kotkaniemi posted 5-15-20 totals in 56 regular-season games this year and had 5-3-8 totals in 19 playoff games. The 21-year-old centre is coming off a three-year, NHL entry-level contract worth US$10.275 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $925,000.
Lehkonen posted 7-6-13 totals in 47 regular-season games and had 3-1-4 totals in 17 playoff games. The 26-year-old left-winger is coming off a two-year, US$4.8 million contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $2.4 million.