A big apology has just been made in the Jesperi Kotkaniemi file and it's starting to get a little choppy

Published November 16, 2022 at 1:03 PM

One of the most fascinating stories of the start of the 2022-2023 season is realizing how young forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi manages to almost impressively not produce, even though his own linemates are among the NHL's top scorers.

Kotkaniemi has a very weak three points in 16 games this season on the Hurricanes' second line, while his wingers have been absolutely sensational:

- Martin Necas: 19 points in 16 games
- Andrei Svechnikov: 18 points in 16 games.

Clearly, the young Finnish Kotkaniemi is not delivering the goods and he really doesn't seem to be progressing, even though he has surpassed the 250 games played in the NHL.

Big excuses on this issue.

As reported by our colleagues at Fanadiens, reporter Jack Todd, who covers the Montreal Canadiens for The Montreal Gazette, made an important statement.

Todd bluntly apologized to Marc Bergevin and the Habs, for harshly criticizing their handling of the Kotkaniemi file at the time.

He added that in the end, Marc Bergevin knew what he was doing when he let his third overall pick go in 2018. He seems to have made the right decision.

"The vengeful idiots were in the Hurricanes' office, after all." - Jack Todd

A very clear and direct statement. Todd was among those who truly continued to believe in Kotkaniemi, against all odds.

He now seems to have given up on him, and he apologizes to CH officials for his harsh comments from September 2021.

We love it! Knowing how to apologize and acknowledge his wrongs is a beautiful and underestimated quality.

The Hurricanes' bet is looking less and less good, and they haven't finished hearing about it, especially if we remember their arrogance in this matter (with the sale of jerseys and the points thrown at the CH via their social networks).

They were extremely proud of their move, but they are probably a little less proud now. In fact, their fans are talking about it a lot right now, and unfortunately not for the right reasons. They don't seem to appreciate his performances and his contract.

In your opinion, in hindsight, was it the right decision to not match the Hurricanes' hostile offer to Kotkaniemi?

Credit: Fanadiens.com
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A big apology has just been made in the Jesperi Kotkaniemi file and it's starting to get a little choppy

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