Eric Engels revealed the most likely scenario in Kotkaniemi' case

Published August 31, 2021 at 4:06 PM

Montreal Canadiens fans must be looking forward to the outcome of the Jesperi Kotkaniemi saga. Will Marc Bergevin match the Hurricanes' offer sheet of $6.1 million for one season, or will he let him leave for Carolina with the compensation of a first and third round pick in 2022?

Eric Engels, a reporter covering the Montreal Canadiens for Sportsnet, has his own thoughts on the matter. According to him, the most likely scenario is that Kotkaniemi officially becomes a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Then, with the compensation received, the Habs would try to trade the two picks in return for a center to replace KK.

Yes, there were many rumors regarding the Habs' interest in Dvorak, however there was nothing official until now. Engels has just confirmed this considerably. Marc Bergevin must have his phone glued to his ear canal by now.

If Kotkaniemi were to leave the Montreal Canadiens, he would be a good short-term replacement. Dvorak is a versatile center with great offensive potential. However, KK is far from having reached his full potential, as he is only 21 years old. Will Bergevin take the risk of abandoning the Kotkaniemi project?

Whatever decision the general manager makes, he will do it for the good of the organization, from his personal perspective. There are always risks to be taken in this kind of situation. Tick-tock, only four days left for the Canadiens' staff to make a final decision!
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