The Montreal Canadiens decided to let Jesperi Kotkaniemi walk and not match the offer sheet he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes at the deadline this past weekend.
While many feel it's a couple of years wasted on another first round pick for the Canadiens, the team arguably made an upgrade at the second line center position by trading for center Christian Dvorak from the Arizona Coyotes.
During his presser on Monday, Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin did not hold back and told it like it is when it comes to Kotkaniemi.
He's just not even close to being worth $6.1million.
"The amount of money on a one year deal for a player that should be making a lot less, could affect our future,"
"I think in the hockey world there's no one that will tell you that this is an offer, on a one year deal for a young player at this stage of his career, that he deserves. My first reaction was 'wow'."
While Kotkaniemi had 5 playoff goals last year in 19 games, the 21 year old has yet to match the 11 goals he scored in the regular season during his rookie year and registered just 5 goals in 56 games this past season.
What do you think of Bergevin's comments?