Hurricanes Trade Deadline: acquire Max Domi from Blue Jackets; officially extend Kotkaniemi

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The Metropolitan Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Max Domi from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-way trade that also involved the Florida Panthers.

Domi, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, will head to his fourth team in seven years.

Per the Hurricanes website:

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Max Domi and defenseman Tyler Inamoto in a three-team trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers. Columbus will retain 50 percent of Domi’s salary, and Florida will retain 25 percent. As part of the deal, Carolina has also traded defenseman Aidan Hreschuk to Columbus and forward Egor Korshkov to Florida.

Hurricanes add Max Domi

Domi, 27, recorded nine goals and 23 assists in 53 games for Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets landed him in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens just before the start of the 2020-21 season.

In seven seasons with the Arizona Coyotes (2015-18), Montreal (2018-20) and Columbus, Domi has amassed 99 goals and 208 assists across 482 career games.

Carolina added Domi as it tries to land the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes, with 88 points, entered Monday with a narrow three-point lead over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins in their division while just two points behind the Florida Panthers for the best record in the East.

“We’re excited to add Max to our organization,” said Waddell in a statement. “His skillset and competitiveness complement our group, and we think he will be a great fit.”

Hurricanes make Kotkaniemi extension official

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Feb 25, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jesperi Kotkaniemi (82) watches the play against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed an eight-year contract extension on Monday.

The Hurricanes said the deal will pay Kotkaniemi an average annual salary of $4.82 million through the 2029-30 campaign.

Kotkaniemi, 21, is making $6.1 million this season after joining the club as a restricted free agent in the offseason. He played his first three NHL seasons with Montreal but the Canadiens declined the offer sheet presented by the Hurricanes.

“Jesperi has shown us just how high his ceiling can be through his skill and work ethic, and that he is a great fit with our young core,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. “He is still just 21 years old, and we are confident his role in our organization will continue to expand in the years to come.”

Kotkaniemi has 11 goals this season to match his career best. He also has 12 assists for 23 points in 59 games.

Overall, Kotkaniemi has 33 goals and 52 assists in 230 career NHL games. The Finnish native was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 draft.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report