After news former Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi had said, “Never say never” about returning to the team in which he’d demanded a trade, more news is coming down about his status and future in Edmonton.
According to Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal, Jesse Puljujarvi will likely sign a one-year contract extension with Karpat of the Finnish Professional League. Leavins writes:
Do not be surprised if sometime over the next few weeks Jesse Puljujarvi signs a 1-year extension with Karpat of the Finnish Professional League. Expect that such a deal would come with an NHL-out embedded. Puljujarvi’s recent “never say never” comment was taken by some to be a sign that he was open to returning to Edmonton. In reality was it merely an effort to rehabilitate his trade value?
The news isn’t terribly surprising considering Puljujarvi had also said signing in Finland again was a real possibility. This news of an out-clause does give him the opening to mend fences with the Oilers and try to make a return to the NHL, if the situation presents itself.
It’s possibly the best of both worlds but if this is just Puljujarvi making it seem like he’s open to working things out, all under the assumption that might make him more tradeable, that shouldn’t come as shock either.