HURRICANES GM BREAKS SILENCE ON HIS DISAPPOINTMENT WITH KOTKANIEMI AND THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IS POSSIBLE
In the end, the Canes won the services of Kotkaniemi and gave him an 8-year contract extension worth $38.56 million, or an annual average of $4.82 million. A contract that the organization must regret this season when KK accumulated only 5 points in 22 games, which would give him 16 points in 82 games.
According to what we learn from Cory Lavalette of The Athletic, who had a long interview with Canes GM Don Waddell, this hostile offer was in no way a means of revenge. The GM even explains the reason he gave him that long contract!
Waddell sounds like a GM who had to resign himself to rethinking his expectations for KK, who is not the player Carolina thought he would be when he signed.
Hopefully for the Carolina organization, Kotkaniemi can break through in the next few years because his contract could quickly become a liability... For now, the worst case scenario seems to be confirmed and Kotkaniemi seems to be on his way to establishing himself as a fourth line player.
At his salary, ouch.
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