What goes around comes around Carolina pay back Kotkaniemi offer sheet in Habs & Hockey Talk Posted August 29 4 hours ago, dlbalr said: Carolina doesn't have a magic money fountain. They already have over $56 million tied up in 12 players for 2022-23; I don't think they can make the money work to add a $10 million player in there. Besides, it looks like Aho is their internal limit for highest salary based on the Svechnikov contract and the low-balling of Hamilton. Dvorak is definitely available although the asking price is believed to be a 1st and a 1st-equivalent prospect. Evgeny Kuznetsov has been in trade speculation for a while although he carries a $7.8M cap hit for four years; the Habs would need to send a significant salary offset back. I know Sean Monahan is available (he has been for months now) although without a centre to move back, I don't know how reasonable that option would be. The Strome brothers are available. Dylan doesn't really have a spot in Chicago but has a $3.6M qualifying offer next summer that looks a little pricey. He has been shopped for a while now. Ryan is the Rangers' number two centre and isn't in their long-term plans. If they were getting Eichel and needed to move money, that could be a stopgap though not an ideal one. Alex Kerfoot in Toronto might be available but I'm not sure the Leafs would want to move him to a division rival. He's more of a 3C than a 2C (and they're going to probably use him on the wing as it stands). Chris Tierney is someone that has played the type of stopgap role they might have to settle for but he's more of a 3 than a 2. Players lose friends all the time in professional sports due to trades or someone leaving in free agency. Kotkaniemi wouldn't use that as a reason to sign the offer sheet. His reason is simple - he's going to get about 2.5x his actual value for next season with the $6.1 million contract. It's hard to pass that up. For a young Finish guy, that may be known beforehand, but never really experienced. Professional sports in North America is different from Europe. The player chooses, they are not commodities that can be traded. Losing Mete, and have the chance to join Aho and Teravainen is most likely a factor, just not sure how much.