Update on Jesse Puljujarvi plus the latest on the Sharks and Sabres in today’s NHL rumor mill.
PULJUJARVI UNLIKELY TO BE SIGNED BEFORE DEC. 1 DEADLINE.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector reports it seems certain Jesse Puljujarvi will remain Edmonton Oilers property to the end of this season. It’s also certain the restricted free agent winger won’t be signing with the Oilers, or any other NHL club, before the 5 pm ET deadline on Dec. 1. That will make him ineligible to play in the NHL for the remainder of this season.
During a recent radio interview, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said all’s quiet on the trade front. He’s spoken to several teams but there’s nothing new to report. Holland indicated he’ll probably end up dealing with Puljujarvi’s situation at next year’s NHL draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puljujarvi will probably be traded during the 2020 NHL draft weekend. What the Oilers get in return depends upon his performance in Finland, and several European tournaments, during this season. As “Cousin Mark” points out, Puljujarvi’s NHL stock will suffer if he does poorly or fails to be named to Team Finland.
COULD THE SHARKS SHOP FOR A GOALTENDER?
THE ATHLETIC: During a recent mailbag segment, Kevin Kurz was asked if the San Jose Sharks could make a move in the net if the club remains around .500 and starter Martin Jones fails to improve. He believes it would be complicated. The Sharks need help on the right side, but lack suitable trade assets to address both needs.
Kurz feels a few tempting goalie targets could become rental options later in the season. They include Chicago’s Corey Crawford or Robin Lehner, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott, and Anaheim’s Ryan Miller. All are slated to become unrestricted free agents next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks have improved in recent weeks, taking some pressure off GM Doug Wilson to shop around for help between the pipes. If Jones and backup Aaron Dell continue to improve, Wilson will likely stick with them for the remainder of the season. Should one or both struggle again, he could end up shopping for an affordable rental to keep his club’s playoff hopes alive.
LATEST ON THE SABRES
Friedman – I don’t think much has changed on the trade fronts. I think the #Sabres are still talking to Calgray, there’s been some rumblings that they’ve talked to Pittsburgh. But it’s the usual suspects that are available. Talks continue to look for a forward.
— WGR 550 (@WGR550) November 26, 2019
Friedman – I think the #Sabres want to make an impact trade. They had a good start, a positive feeling, and now that’s being challenged and they want to reinforce the team. The problem is right now is so many teams are so close to the salary cap. — WGR 550 (@WGR550) November 26, 2019