Glad to see the statement, but not sure why he would change agents. Honestly, his agent did a great job here by getting him his expected AAV with extremely favorable terms, only 5-years in length meaning he will be a UFA at a very early age, and he has protection in event of a lockout. All this accomplished early in summer so he can relax and prepare for the upcoming season. Not sure what more Aho could have asked for from his agent who used everything available per the current CBA terms. I think Montreal was the one that ultimately got played here.Aho’s statement hit all the right notes. Hope that puts the issue to bed for most of the Canes faithful who may have had issues with him signing with the Habs. It won’t sate the Habs fans, but I doubt anything could.
Good job by him for getting that statement out quickly. Wonder whether he’ll change agents in the next few years before this contract is up.
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I agree Windy, despite how it got there, the only number that really matters is the $8.45 million per which to me is still under current market value which helps the Canes to continue to build what they have here. I am willing to bet the house on the fact that many of those still unsigned RFA's are going to come in much higher than Aho and it's going to be an overpay. Marner is going to get his $10 to $11 million per, Tkachuk is going to get a number higher than Aho and I'm willing to bet that Brayden Point is too. Jeff Freaking Skinner is going to be making more money then Aho with a $9 million AAV and signed to that inflated contract for 8 long years!!!Again, I’m on the side of Aho and think he has a good agent. Aho, like anyone else wants earn max. In 5 years if he’s fallen off production will the canes sign him to a lucrative contract? If he’d signed a team friendly contract, gets into his 30’s and is a mediocre player would the canes sign him to a massive contract or as little as possible or even jettison him?
My understanding is that nowadays, teams don't extend a formal offer sheet through the league office until the player/agent have verbally agreed to sign it. I mean, why would you?An unsigned offer sheet is meaningless. Presumably, Montreal could have pulled the offer if Aho had not signed it.