Will the Canadiens Goal Dvorak as Kotkaniemi’s Substitute?
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY SportsThe Carolina Hurricanes signing Montreal Canadiens middle Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1-million provide sheet offered a jolt to the low season doldrums for NHL followers. It might additionally end in Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin buying round to switch Kotkaniemi if he would not match the Hurricanes provide. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels speculated that Bergevin might try to amass Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel or attempt to signal Vancouver Canucks middle Elias Pettersson to a suggestion sheet. Each choices appear unlikely given the Canadiens’ tight salary-cap constraints. He additionally instructed the Arizona Coyotes’ Christian Dvorak as a extra cheap commerce goal.Dvorak, 25, is a bodily two-way middle carrying an inexpensive $4.45-million cap hit via 2024-25. He is drawn appreciable curiosity across the league, with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights and, sure, the Canadiens among the many supposed suitors.Engels noticed Coyotes GM Invoice Armstrong was busy stockpiling draft picks this summer time. PuckPedia exhibits him carrying two first-round picks and 5 second-rounders within the 2022 NHL Draft. He may very well be reluctant to maneuver Dvorak if he sees him as a key piece of their roster rebuild however maybe he’ll be tempted by the correct provide.The Canadiens will get the Hurricanes’ first- and third-round picks in subsequent 12 months’s draft as compensation if they do not match Kotkaniemi’s provide sheet. Bergevin might bundle these picks plus a prospect in hope of tempting Armstrong into parting with Dvorak.