According to Renaud Lavoie or TVA Sports, the future of Jesperi Kotkaniemi with the Carolina Hurricanes is very murky at best. Lavoie reports that Hurricanes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t like Kotkaniemi’s work ethics and it reflects on the young Finn’s ice time.
While with the Canadiens, Kotkaniemi averaged 14:48 minutes of ice time per game in 2020-21. With the Hurricanes this season, he is trusted for 12:07. That is almost the same ice time as Mathieu Perreault in Montreal, and less than Laurent Dauphin and Ryan Poehling.
Kotkaniemi has managed 11 goals and 11 assists in 50 games this season. He started the season slow with only two goals in his first 15 games but caught fire after. However, he has two goals in his last 14 games.
Still according to Lavoie, this situation raises some serious questions about the future of Kotkaniemi in Carolina, who signed him to a one-year $6.1 million offer-sheet last summer. The Canes gave the Montreal Canadiens a first and third round pick in the process. One thing is for sure, Kotkaniemi will not be making anywhere close to that kind of money in the near future.
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