Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho is coming off an impressive season, and now the restricted free agent has signed a five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from the Montreal Canadiens that contains the maximum amount of signing bonus that's allowed.
At 21 years old, Aho played in 82 games and compiled a career-best 83 points, including 30 goals. He continued that good play in the postseason, as he added five goals and 12 points over 15 games.
The Hurricanes have a week to match the offer, and if they don't, the Canadiens will send a first, second and third-round draft pick to Carolina. However, given the Canes' confident response on twitter, we can assume he's staying put despite the money involved.
It's a reasonable deal for the Hurricanes to match, especially since Aho is a rapidly improving talent on Carolina's top line. However, Aho will get $21 million in the first 12 months of the deal, making it a costly decision in the present for the Canes.