Carolina Hurricanes star ahead Jesperi Kotkaniemi put pen to paper on an eight-year extension that’s worth $38.56 million and carries a mean annual worth of $4.82 million again on March 21 however had little time to have fun that deal, as he went down with a lower-body injury because of a success delivered by Washington Capitals heart Lars Eller again on March 28 and hasn’t performed since.
The first-place Hurricanes are getting Kotkaniemi again within the lineup simply in time for the push towards the playoffs.
Per Kurt Dusterberg of the NHL’s web site, Kotkaniemi will play in Thursday’s sport in opposition to the Detroit Red Wings after he missed eight consecutive contests.
“It’s huge for me to get a couple games under the belt before the playoffs. I just want to get back to the game pace,” Kotkaniemi defined forward of Thursday’s encounter. “It took a while to get into the system with one of the best teams in the league. There’s a lot to learn for new guys. I finally started to adapt a little bit, so I think it’s paying off a little bit.”
During his first season with Carolina, Kotkaniemi had recorded 11 objectives and 15 assists throughout 63 video games earlier than the damage.
The Hurricanes, in the meantime, have already clinched a postseason berth however solely lead the second-place New York Rangers within the Metropolitan Division standings by two factors forward of Thursday’s motion.