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Hurricanes to match Sebastian Aho offer sheet

The owner has spoken.

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Less than 24 hours later, it appears that the Carolina Hurricanes will be matching the Montreal Canadiens’ offer sheet for Sebastian Aho, according to Chip Alexander and since confirmed by The Athletic.

Update: The team has made it official

This shouldn’t come as much as surprise as it was evident from the start that the Hurricanes clearly liked Aho and the measures put in place by the Canadiens were not enough to dissuade them from matching the offer.

The Canadiens will now be clear of their commitment to Aho and free to use all of their available cap space. Notable free agents include Jake Gardiner and Marcus Johansson. There is also the possibility of more offer sheets being signed by the team as well with Brayden Point, and others still available.

It was always going to be a gamble for the Canadiens and Marc Bergevin and now they need to focus on setting up their roster for the 2019-20 season.