INTEREST GROWING IN PULJUJARVI
- Sportsnet Chris Johnston reports Jesse Puljujarvi’s strong play in Finland has attracted some suitors in the NHL trade market.
- The 21-year-old restricted free agent is playing overseas while awaiting a trade by the Edmonton Oilers.
- General manager Ken Holland is heading to Finland to watch Puljujarvi play in an upcoming international tournament.
- Johnston doesn’t believe the organization has made a decision if they’ll try to trade Puljujarvi right away, wait until the Dec. 1 deadline to re-sign him approaches, or try and keep him.
“Right now, Ken Holland has a lot of different options,” Johnston said during the Headlines portion of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “He’s talked extensively with teams going back to this summer, I believe the New York Rangers are a team that continues to show persistent interest in Jesse Puljujarvi.”
“Ken Holland is headed over to watch him play in an international tournament in the coming days,” Johnston said. “I don’t believe the Oilers have reached an internal decision on what they’re going to do here — if it’s a trade right away, if they hold onto his rights beyond the Dec. 1 headline … or if they try and keep him.”
- Holland spoke extensively with teams since the summer.
- Johnston believes the New York Rangers have shown persistent interest in Puljujarvi.
- The Rangers are a rebuilding club.
- They’re using defenseman Brendan Smith as a fourth-line right wing.
- Depending on the asking price, Puljujarvi could be a fit with the Blueshirts.
Sources & Credits: Chris Johnston, Spectors Hockey