Before Kyle Dubas came out of left field and pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade, the most interesting thing from free agency day was Marc Bergevin inking Sebastian Aho to a five-year offer sheet.
With a historically-good restricted free agent class featuring Aho, our boy Mitch Marner, Matt Tkachuk, Brayden Point, and Mikko Rantanen, speculation about a GM with a wealth of cap room and no interest in draft picks tendering a massive offer sheet has been swirling for months. Given the fact these things almost never happen, we brushed it off.
But then came Bergevin seeking to acquire the top centre Les Habitants so desperately covet. Bergevin signed Aho, who put up 83 points in 82 games on a surprising Hurricanes team last year, to a five-year offer sheet worth $8.45 million annually. The offer was heavily loaded with signing bonuses, as Aho will be paid roughly $21 million in signing bonuses over the next calendar year.
The idea here was that Carolina, a smaller market club, wouldn’t be able to handle paying Aho a massive chunk of cash (which, in this case, was $11.3M right off the hop), so they would let him go and take the draft picks. This, …
Author: h0ckeyfan / The Leafs Nation