Canadiens favorite Jesse Puljujarvi needs to be replaced this season
Jesse Puljujarvi never quite found his footing with the Edmonton Oilers. He left the club shortly before the pandemic – for Europe – did not live up to expectations in his first years in the NHL.
He’s finally back, and after starting to show some improvement (29 goals in two seasons, 120 games), he’s really regressed this year.
The results? A little disappointed.
Recently, he said he was really disappointed with his performances and increasingly wondered if the NHL was the right league for him going forward. He came out to the media en masse, as many boys have done this year.
“There are twenty games and I have one goal. It’s sad.”
In a wide-ranging interview with veteran Finnish reporter Tommi Seppäla, Jesse Puljujärvi said he’s not sure if the National Hockey League has a place for him anymore. (@SportsnetSpec) https://t.co/2yOB0Y52c4
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 7, 2022
The player, who signed a one-year contract worth three million dollars, will become a restricted free agent next summer. Will he choose to return to Europe once and for all?
Or can a change of weather do any good?
In fact, Elliotte Friedman reported, the Oilers have some sort of verbal agreement with Puljujarvi: if it doesn’t work out this year, we’ll trade you. And it clearly doesn’t work.
Friedman is among those who believe the player will be replaced.
Of course, Puljujarvi cut some of the GM’s bargaining power by saying he wasn’t sure he fit in the NHL. There is no doubt about it.
As long as Evander Kane is injured, Ken Holland has cap space and needs strikers. So there is no rush in the file, but still: not ideal.
If he had to go, could the Canadian be the solution?
In fact, Marco D’Amico reports that Kent Hughes was interested in the Oilers’ European forward’s availability on the sidelines of this summer’s Montreal draft.
The Montreal Canadiens are in the business of buying low and selling high, so they’ve been keeping their eyes on Jesse Puljujarvi for a while now.
— Marco D’Amico (@mndamico) December 11, 2022
The Canadian is at a time when (in fact, he should take the risk). It is by trading at low prices that we can sometimes uncover small finds that help rebuild. #SeanMonahan
Major teams won’t sign Puljujarvi, who cost three million dollars this season and hasn’t produced. If a trade is made, it will be in favor of the base ranking club.
Could the Canadiens try to build a trade around Joel Edmundson to get Puljujarvi (and of course a few other items) before the deadline?
Because yes, the Oilers love Edmundson. Obviously more than Josh Anderson.
Obviously we know the club needs help in defense → https://t.co/Mhd5pcdxdO
— Behind the Scenes (@DLCoulisses) December 5, 2022
Holland and Hughes have already danced together in the past (Brett Kulak) and I’m sure CH management is now trying to sniff out the right business opportunity for the club.
– Notice to interested parties.
The first 5,000 fans through the doors of the Bell Center will receive a Joel Edmundson bobblehead.
Pregame @SkipTheDishes ⤵️https://t.co/vHSXBPqhCf
— Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) December 12, 2022
– Kyle Connor drives well. [TSN]
– Should CH take it?
I don’t follow the Preds very, very closely, but a few people have pointed out that he was never valued at his fair value in Nashville and was rarely placed in the optimal context to perform. I can’t wait to see him in a different environment!
— Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) December 12, 2022
– CH will train soon.
#Habs There will be a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Bell Center before tonight’s game. tea #Flames
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) December 12, 2022
– The Kraken is brewing soup at the top of the pyramid.
Samantha Holloway has joined her billionaire father David Bonderman as co-owner of the Seattle Kraken.
Holloway founded two tech companies and was named chairman of Kraken’s executive committee in March.
She becomes the owner of the 3rd major women’s team in the NHL. pic.twitter.com/p6GH70BSYk
– Front Office Sports (@FOS) December 12, 2022