According to Bob Stauffer, Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland has not given up hope when it comes to prospect winger Jesse Puljujarvi.
Puljujarvi is in Finland, publicly avoiding the Oilers because he’s looking to be traded. He left camp before the start of this most recent NHL season and wasn’t going to return unless he was moved, but Holland wasn’t about to sell a fourth-overall draft pick for nothing. The two sides couldn’t settle on a deal, so Puljujarvi played with Karpat of the Finnish Professional League.
More recently, there was speculation Puljujarvi was softening his stance on returning. In a translated interview, he said, “Never say never” when it came to discussing a return, but the buzz was he still wanted to be moved.
Now, there’s news surfacing this week, the Oilers and Puljujarvi are speaking again about things.
Apparently, Ken Holland has been in contact with Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent, Markus Lehto. In fact, the word is they have spoken multiple times over the past few weeks and head coach Dave Tippett has been part of some of those talks.
Holland also reportedly had a Zoom call with both Puljujarvi and Lehto and while nothing is set in stone and the two sides could still be a ways away from sorting out this very public squabble, that latest word is, “There’s communication, we’ll see where it goes.”
Obviously, Puljujarvi wouldn’t be joining the team as part of this season’s playoff attempts but if there’s a way that the Oilers and Puljujarvi can figure out a deal to try things one more time down the road, that’s got to be considered a win for both sides.
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