For the first time since 2013, an NHL player signed an offer sheet. Carolina Hurricanes’ restricted free agent forward Sebastian Aho signed a five-year offer sheet worth $8.454 million per season with the Montreal Canadiens. The Hurricanes are expected to match the deal, retaining their budding star.
NHL offer sheets remain a very rare occurrence as most teams aren’t willing to shell out draft picks to sign restricted free agents. Had the Hurricanes not matched, they would’ve received Montreal’s first, second, and third-round picks in 2020. The last time a team successfully signed an offer sheet was in 2007 when Anaheim Ducks’ forward went to the Edmonton Oilers.
One of the NHL’s top young stars, Aho finishing in the top-10 for Hart Trophy voting in his third season. The 23-year-old forward has racked up 83 goals and 197 points in 242 career NHL contests including a career-high 83 points last season.
Aho will remain a key piece to Carolina’s top-six along with other young stars such as Andrei Svechnikov and Tuevo Teravainen. Expect him to continue growing his overall game and possibly cracking the 90-point mark next season.