The Montreal Canadiens moved on from one of their top young players and Jesperi Kotkaniemi now finds himself a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
It's been a wild ride for Kotkaniemi during his time in Montreal.
He got off to a solid start during his rookie season before running out of gas during his first 82 game season and wasn't really to shake off the cobwebs after being the victim of a big hit during his sophomore season but eventually turned things around during a brief AHL stint.
He had a quiet third season as well and was a healthy scratch to start the playoffs but scored some big goals before being a scratch during the last two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.
While speaking to the local media in Carolina for the first time, he revealed he didn't really feel wanted by the Canadiens.
“I was just really excited when I saw the offer sheet for the first time,” Kotkaniemi said. “I started to think immediately how it would be over there and I had some good talks with (owner) Tom (Dundon) and Carolina.
“So, you know, I was just really excited.”
“Yeah, I think there was not that much talk about the contracts,” Kotkaniemi said. “(The season) went really late, you know, the summer has been really short this year, so there wasn’t that much time before this happened. So, I think my agent did a really good job and I’m really grateful for both teams.”
He wasn't happy with the roles he was given.
“Umm, you know, it’s hard to say,” he began. “I think I had my role the last two years, but you can say I felt the confidence from the first second from Carolina. Like I said, that feels good. It just feels really good when someone’s trusting you.”
“I think it could have been better, but we played in the Stanley Cup Finals last year so I can’t really blame anything,” Kotkaniemi said. “I think at the end it was a pretty good run.”
What do you think of Kotkaniemi's comments?