At the end of the summer, no one in Montreal will ever want to hear the words offer sheet ever again…
The Canadiens pulled a shocking move on Monday, signing Carolina Hurricanes restricted free-agent forward Sebastian Aho to a five-year, $42.27-million offer sheet. It was the first time since 2013 that an offer sheet had been signed. A day later, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon revealed his club will match the offer sheet, but it hasn’t discourage GM Marc Bergevin from presenting an offer sheet to another player.
While the Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reports that the Habs could be tempted to present an offer sheet to Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner or to Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets, it seems like they had already tendered an offer sheet to another RFA who simply turned them down.
Pagnotta reveals that Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point rejected the Canadiens’ offer sheet on Friday. Sportsnet’s Eliotte Friedman corroborated the story on the air of 630CHED later today.
There is no doubt the Habs still have a void to fill up front and aren’t afraid of looking like the bad guy, armed with offer sheets.
However, Point was not afraid to simply put them back in their place and turn them down.