The deal, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, is heavily frontloaded, paying Aho $21 million in the first year and contains the maximum signing bonus allowed. For Aho, this is the contract he will officially get, regardless if it’s with Carolina or Montreal; he has already inked the offer sheet.”I know my summer just got better because I’m not going to be negotiating a contract all summer,” Waddell said during a press conference, where he noted he thought the offer would have been more. “We make a decision and move on.”The Canadiens have announced that they have tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes. The proposed contract is for five years, with an average annual value of $8.454 million.#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2019The move by Montreal did not come as a shock; after all, they created space by moving veteran Andrew Shaw back to Chicago and Nicolas Deslauriers to Ducks on Saturday.”Sebastian Aho accepted our offer,” said Bergevin to reporters. “He wants to come to Montreal. He sees our youngsters coming up in the organization and he wants to be a part of that. We’re proud but there’s still a waiting period.” Don Waddell has been adamant that the Carolina Hurricanes would match any offer sheet given to restricted free agent Sebastian Aho — Well, Don, now the ball, er, puck, is in your court.On the afternoon of July 1, the Montreal Canadiens went big and offered a five-year, $42.27 million contract to the young superstar. Carolina has a week to determine if Marc Bergevin and the Canadiens will go home emptyhanded. “We all get along, but we all have a competitive edge. I’m responsible for the Montreal Canadiens and not other teams. I owe it to the Canadiens and Geoff Molson.” – Marc Bergevin on his relationship with other GMs#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2019Aho is coming off a season that saw the 2015 second-round pick net 83 points (30 goals, 53 assists) in 82 games. He skated in his first All-Star Game in January in San Jose. In 15 playoff games, he led Carolina with five goals and seven assists.The offer sheet is the first in the NHL since the Calgary Flames tried to snatch Ryan O’Reilly from Colorado back in 2013. It’s been 12 years since an offer sheet was not matched. In 2007, the Oilers acquired Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks. That move led to then-Ducks GM Brian Burke having some choice words for Edmonton’s boss Kevin Lowe.”Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it’s an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job,” he said.