Ramblings: Additional Thoughts on Kotkaniemi, Dvorak Moves; Keepers That Are Not Bubble Players (Sept 5)

Ian Gooding

2021-09-05

As expected, the Canadiens made their decision on the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet, and it was to take the picks and let their former first-round pick go to Carolina for $6.1 million. I provided a Fantasy Take on the signing.

As I was typing that Fantasy Take while explaining how the Habs need to find a center, they announced the Christian Dvorak trade. That meant I had to change course somewhat (meaning deleting 2-3 paragraphs of what I had written) and write another Fantasy Take. This one explains more of the Montreal/Arizona side of things, while the first one is more from a Carolina perspective.

A Twitter follower asked whether the Kotkaniemi acquisition means that Vincent Trocheck is no longer in the Hurricanes' plans. I wouldn't know for sure, but it is worth mentioning that Trocheck has one year left on his contract, as does Nino Niederreiter. Also, Jordan Staal's contract expires in two years when he will be 34. Of the three, I think the Canes are most likely to make a push toward re-signing Trocheck, but we’ll see. They don’t run their team in a conventional way, as evidenced by the way they handled their goalie situation, along with letting Dougie Hamilton walk while signing problem child Tony DeAngelo.

The Canes might have a succession plan in mind with Kotkaniemi, who may already be in the process of discussing a long-term contract with the Canes. Keep in mind that since Kotkaniemi's contract is also only one year, they may simply be giving him an audition before they decide what they want to do with him. Next season will be his fourth season, and it wi