Nick Suzuki was enjoying a family dinner at the golf course when his younger brother Ryan delivered the bombshell of the NHL off-season.

Suzuki’s close friend and fellow emerging star on the Montreal Canadiens, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, had put pen to pad on a one-year, $6.1-million offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Suzuki, 22, estimates that he speaks with Kotkaniemi, 21, every other day. The two pals were in contact during that angst-filled week as GM Marc Bergevin debated whether to match his young centreman’s generous offer — and opted instead to fill the gap by trading for Dvorak.