Friedman on NHL Network says he thinks Sebastian Aho gets done at around 8×9.5, but he’s not sure of the timeline, Canes are still in on Karlsson and Tarasenko, so they’re in a bit of a holding pattern right now.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) July 11, 2023
Aho accepted the CH’s five-year contract (as a hostile offer) worth $8,460,250 per year.
This hostile offer prompted the Carolina Hurricanes to either match the CH’s offer in order to keep Aho, or not match the offer in order to get their hands on the compensation, which at the time was three draft picks: one in the first round, one in the second round and one in the third round.
The Hurricanes never recovered from the CH’s “attack”, however, and submitted a hostile offer to Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the summer of 2021, which the CH did not match.
In short, here we are four years later, with only one year remaining on Aho’s CH contract.
The Hurricanes will therefore have to extend Aho’s contract for the seasons beyond the next campaign, i.e. 2023-2024.
Indeed, according to reputable whistleblower Elliotte Friedman, Aho’s next contract with the Hurricanes is expected to be for eight years, with an annual value of around $9.5 million.
9.5 million is a lot of money for a player, and it makes you wonder how things might have turned out differently for the Tricolore had the Hurricanes not matched the CH’s offer.
Aho would have been the CH’s highest-paid player after Carey Price with his $8.5m (approx.), which would have made sense considering that the Finn would have been the Tricolore’s number-one center.
This means that the not-to-exceed mark would have been much higher than Suzuki’s current $7.875 million.
In short, things could have been very different for the Tricolore if the Hurricanes hadn’t matched the offer in 2019.
Getting back to Aho’s contract extension with the Hurricanes, it’s unclear when it will be signed, given that the Hurricanes are still busy with several files, including Erik Karlsson and Vladimir Tarasenko.
So it’s another file to keep an eye on in Carolina.
– Speaking of the Hurricanes.
Offseason relaxation? Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour staying on the move https://t.co/9qTyurXGNI
– Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 15, 2023
– Beautiful to see.
Some more beautiful field hockey footage from the National Film Board of Canada in 1967. pic.twitter.com/OawkMZ2Yca
– Morgan Cameron Ross (@Morgan_C_Ross) July 13, 2023
– Way-too-early predictions for next season.
Way-too-early predictions for the NHL 2023-24 season: Stanley Cup winner, dark horse, playoff field, awards, more
– Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 15, 2023
Sabrina Ionescu(@sabrina_i20) just set the all-time record for NBA or WNBA with a score of 37 PTS in the FINAL ROUND of the #Starry3PT Contest to be crowned the NEW 3-PT CHAMPION 🏆 | @starrylemonlime pic.twitter.com/YcGy3fDfBq
– WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2023
– Great performance from Corbin Burnes.