Morning Free Association: Active Offer Sheet, What?

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A long time ago in The Beforetimes, a rare thing called an offer sheet was tendered to a talented young player in Carolina by a phenomenally evil storied franchise. That same evil hockey club is now on the receiving end of a similar situation.

Two years ago, the Montreal Canadiens offer-sheeted Hurricanes’ forward Sebastian Aho. As a 21-year old RFA, Aho didn’t have many options with regards to his rights and he and the Hurricanes were taking their time coming to an agreement. In stepped Montreal, tendering an offer sheet of 5 years. $42.27 million. At the time Marc Bergevin said, probably in French, “He’s a player who wants to come to Montreal. It was an offer that he did not have to accept, so for him it’s an offer that for the value he sees in himself, the group of young players coming up in our organization, he wants to be part of that. He’s 21, he’ll turn 22 this summer.”

As it turns out, Sebastian Aho didn’t end up going to Montreal. Whether he truly wanted to or not is moot because, again, RFAs don’t have much control over their rights. Canes GM Don Waddell looked at this as a gift that freed up his summer and quickly matched the offer sheet. Offer sheets are only valid for the other team to act upon for 7 days.

On Saturday, the Hurricanes decided to return the favor tendering 21-year-old Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi a one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet. The Habs have until Saturday to match that offer to keep Kotkaniemi. Word is that this move probably didn’t originate with Canes GM Waddell but from higher — owner Tom Dundon, who was angry about the offer sheet to Aho. Thanks to the maneuvering of the Habs with the original offer sheet, which detailed the maximum signing bonuses allowed an RFA, the Hurricanes were forced to pay out a large sums of cash in the first two seasons of the deal.

Sebastian Aho

Tom Dundon is known for not wanting to part with his money. In 2019, he filed suit to get back money he invested in the AAF after he pulled his support from the fledgling football league, forcing the league to fold without paying most of their players, employees, and vendors. Apparently, he likes to make others pay but not in cash upfront since the signing bonus appears to be 20 bucks. This appears to be a nod to Aho, who wears 20 on the Canes.

Jerperi Kotkaniemi

If the Habs lose Kotkaniemi (say that fast 3 times), the Canadiens will be the proud owners of up to 3 compensatory picks courtesy of the Hurricanes. They will also be down another center with very little depth otherwise.

Offer sheets are fun but rare; only 10 have been given since 1998. The last successful one occurred in 2007 when RFA Dustin Penner was lured away from the Anaheim Ducks to the Edmonton Oilers.

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Morning all. Unfortunately things are rough in the family right now. Our brother Steve passed away unexpectedly on Monday.

Because you can never say it enough, I love you all.

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Oh, I’m so sorry.

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Oh, that’s terrible, so sorry to hear.

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Oh! So sorry for your loss, Sis! I love you, too!

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People are starting to get arrested for Vax card fraud now, and I’m there for it.

Also saw a news story about a woman who was arrested for selling forged cards for $200 each. Apparently about a dozen of them were sold to health care workers who used them to get around their employers’ vaccination requirements. I imagine that those people are now unemployed.

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Good

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Wow! Just wow!

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After reading that, it makes me dislike both Bergevin and Dundon.
Bergevin: “All players want to come to Montreal, even Finns who have never expressed interest in coming to Montreal”
Dundon: “I don’t like this minor league toy so I’m going to break it and then return it to the store”

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Then I take my puck and I go home!

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The London Bear

Morning all,

I find all that stuff fascinating, though I don’t really fully understand it. I love the pettiness though – especially against the Habs!

I watched Moneyball the other day – similar situation. Really enjoyed it, without completely understanding all they were talking about. Hey, this is how we learn, right?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good morning!
Ha ha! Screw the Habs! I remember the Knicks made an offer to Kevin McHale way back in the ’80s. The Celtics responded right away with an offer sheet on Rory Sparrow. Thank God, McHale stayed in Boston!
Finished grout on the walls of my shower (it’s a big one). Putting in floor next!. We took the canoe out on the reservoir up the street yesterday. Nice afternoon. We had that thing moving pretty well when we put our minds to it.

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Finished grout on the walls of my shower (it’s a big one). Putting in floor next!

I remember when I was renting one year I came back after a short Xmas break, went to walk into the bathroom and there was literally no floor! Landlord wasn’t expecting me back until the new year and was doing some renovations! Luckily there were showers at work.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I’m doing smooth rounded stones, 1 – 1 1/2″ diameter each. They come attached to a fiber grid… hoping they are easy to install

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I’ve seen that stuff mostly for walls, not floors, but it looks like it should be pretty straightforward. I guess the tricky part would be fine cuts where one has to go around a fixture and just cutting the mesh between the tiles wouldn’t get the tile/stone close enough.
Is this for the floor of the shower itself or the entire bathroom?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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The floor of the shower, but that’s 7′ x 4’… with a bench… it’s pretty bad ass