Edmonton Oilers “could probably pull the trigger” on a Jesse Puljujarvi trade, but they’re awaiting more news on Klim Kostin
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By Zach Laing1 month ago
The Edmonton Oilers are in a spot where they’re trying to activate Kailer Yamamoto from the long-term injured reserve.
By all accounts, Yamamoto is ready to go. He’s been in practice the last number of days bouncing around, laying hits and looking like he could jump back into the lineup tonight.
In order for him to return the Oilers need to clear $1.125-million from their current roster. It could be done by placing a player — one of Jesse Puljujarvi, Warren Foegle, Derek Ryan or Mattias Janmark — on waivers, or by making a trade. The Oilers waived Devin Shore on Sunday and he cleared Monday, but that’s the only waiver action the Oilers have seen this week.
But on Tuesday’s edition of Oilersnation Everyday, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli was asked by Tyler Yaremchuk how the Oilers plan to get Yamamoto back into the lineup.
I actually havent asked about that in recent days, but I would say they could probably pull the trigger on a Puljujarvi deal if they wanted to, if they needed an outlet to do so. I think they’re waiting to find out what the deal is with Klim Kostin before then going any further.
Kostin was injured against the Ottawa Senators last weekend after getting taken hard into the boards. He left the game, and it’s been reported he’s dealing with a wrist injury since. He has, however, been spotted at Oilers skates the last two days. On Wednesday, Kostin was out after practice tipping pucks after an optional skate.
There’s a limited amount of teams that have the cap space to be able to take on Puljujarvi’s cap hit, let alone the willingness to do so. It was reported last week that the Oilers would likely just place Puljujarvi on waivers, but it Seravalli’s recent report suggests Edmonton has a chance to get some assets back in a deal.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.
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