Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Pulujärvi finished fifth in July. among the Daily Faceoff top five off-season trading goals. To avoid arbitration by signing a one-year, $3 million contract July 26 did little to silence speculation.
After being selected by the Oilers fourth overall in the 2016 draft, Pulujärvi struggled to live up to expectations. The 24-year-old winger scored 36 points in 65 games last season, but stability has remained a problem.
Dustin Nielson of TSN 1260 suggested that Pulujärvi’s new contract could make it easier to trade him if it’s still part of the Oilers’ plan. So far, general manager Ken Holland has not said anything about his intentions.
After the Oilers re-signed Kyler Yamamoto on Wednesday, EDmonton MagazineThis was reported by David Staples. they exceed the $82.5 million salary cap by $6.8 million. They are expected to place retired players Oscar Clefbom and Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve for the upcoming season. However, they are still $423,000 over the limit, and restricted free agent Ryan McLeod has yet to sign a contract.
Staples believes that Pulujärvi and Warren Voegele could be the two top candidates for a cost-cutting trade from the Oilers. Prior to signing Yamamoto, suggested Allan Mitchell of The Athletic. removing Pulujärvi and replacing him with a more accessible right wing like free agent Phil Kessel.
Mitchell admitted that it would have been a risky move given Pulujärvi’s youth, shooting percentage and two-way play. However, he noted that Holland has added a veteran every off-season since becoming general manager of the Oilers.