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Controversial trade: Former Canadiens player Jesperi Kotkaniemi traded at the trade deadline? It could happen today

Published March 8, 2024 at 1:26 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The Hurricanes have formed an excellent team and made some acquisitions to add depth. First, Jake Guentzel is a significant addition, and Evgeny Kuznetsov is a big question mark.

Undoubtedly, there will be decisions to be made due to congestion in the forward lines. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was, before these two acquisitions, the team's fourth center. Here's what the center lineup looks like now:

Sebastian Aho
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Jordan Staal
Jack Drury
Jesperi Kotkaniemi


There is still the possibility of moving KK to the wing, but there's congestion there as well.


Jake Guentzel
Andrei Svechnikov
Teuvo Teravainen
Martin Necas
Seth Jarvis
Jesper Fast
Stefan Noesen


"Jesperi Kotkaniemi has 1 goal and 5 points in his last 29 games.

I asked Rod Brind'Amour what he thought of KK's play recently, and he essentially told me that he wasn't giving him the same ice time as before because Jack Drury was playing some big hockey." - Anthony Martineau

In short, Kotkaniemi is clearly no longer in the Hurricanes' plans, at least in the short and medium term. If there's one player who could leave, it's undoubtedly him.

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Controversial trade: Former Canadiens player Jesperi Kotkaniemi traded at the trade deadline? It could happen today

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