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Sad announcement in Montreal and the end for Kotkaniemi in Carolina?

Published March 30, 2024 at 8:43

As the Hurricanes are currently in Montreal for tonight's game against the Canadiens, they made a surprising announcement regarding Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Games against the CH, especially at the Bell Centre, are obviously always more special for KK. (for reasons we all know well)

However, tonight, he might face a real slap in the face.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi sent to the stands of the Bell Centre?

While the Finnish forward has only accumulated 9 points in his last 52 games, and as he has been playing only a few minutes per game for a few weeks, he is indeed in danger of receiving a literal slap in the face.

«Noesen, Drury, Kotkaniemi, and Fast rotating on the fourth line for drills.» - Cory Lavalette

And according to the available videos, Kotkaniemi seems to be the odd man out.

So don't be surprised if we learn in the next few hours that KK is removed from the Hurricanes lineup and sent to the stands of the Bell Centre for tonight's game.

Things can always change, but this seems to be the likely scenario right now. A situation to follow.

Imagine the disappointment for the young player if this materializes.

In any case, even if he's not removed from the lineup tonight, know that he is currently in a real four-player rotation for the three available spots on the fourth line.

So it's only a matter of time before he misses a turn.

What a bad signing, so far, for the Hurricanes. As the summer season approaches, it truly feels like the end for him in Carolina.
March 30   |   502 answers
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