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“I’m really grateful that they drafted me and gave me a chance,” Hurricanes winger says of time in Montreal.
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Stu Cowan • Montreal Gazette
Carolina Hurricanes’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi skates the puck away from Nashville Predators’ Yakov Trenin during the second period in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 5, 2021. Photo by Karl B DeBlaker /AP Article content
Jesperi Kotkaniemi is 21 years old and will earn US$74,390 when he plays his first game against the Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
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So don’t expect boos from some angry Montreal fans to bother him.
Canadiens fans really shouldn’t boo Kotkaniemi, but you know they will. It’s a long tradition in Montreal when former Canadiens players return home in a different uniform, whether they wanted to leave or not.
Just ask P.K. Subban.
Kotkaniemi was obviously upset after the Canadiens made him a healthy scratch for the last two games of the Stanley Cup final last season. The Hurricanes saw an opportunity to get a young player they coveted who was a restricted free agent and presented Kotkaniemi with a one-year offer sheet worth US$6.1 million. There was also some revenge after Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin tried to acquire Hurricanes centre Sebastian Aho…