NHL Notebook: Edmonton Oilers prospect Carter Savoie injured, new places Jesse Puljujarvi could land in a trade emerge and more
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By Zach Laing1 month ago
Edmonton Oilers prospect Carter Savoie is considered week-to-week after crashing into the boards Tuesday night.
Savoie was injured in the Condors’ 7-3 win over the Tuscon Roadrunners.
A little under seven minutes into the game, Savoie was on the forecheck and got tangled up with a Roadrunners defenceman. The two fell to the ice as Savoie went hard into the boards.
I’m told Savoie won’t be on the Condors’ upcoming two-game road trip against the Calgary Wranglers Thursday and Friday night in Calgary. Savoie has appeared in 33 games this year for the Condors scoring eight goals and 11 points.
New teams emerge for Puljujarvi
Jesse Puljujarvi was highlighted by Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli Wednesday in his latest trade targets profile.
Seravalli opined that any team taking on Puljujarvi would be looking at a reclamation project, and offered some interesting destinations for where he could land:
Any Edmonton Trade Partner: Since cap space is tight, Edmonton can send Puljujarvi in the other direction to make the money work as a type of retained salary transaction.
Florida Panthers: Back in his days as an NHL agent, Panthers GM Bill Zito’s partner was Puljujarvi’s current agent, Markus Lehto. Zito spent a chunk of time working in Finland and thus, it stands to reason that Zito might be able to glean some inside knowledge on the player and take a flier.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues were one of the teams that responded to Edmonton’s inquiry about Puljujarvi. The belief is they were willing to roll the dice with Puljujarvi for the rest of the season to see if they could rehab his game a bit, sending back another project player or pending UFA the other way.
Tampa Bay Lightning: This choice might surprise some, but the Lightning are the best in the business in development. They like to take swings and buy distressed assets, such as Philippe Myers from Nashville. If anyone can carve out a role for a fast, hard-working player, it’s the Lightning. The cost would be essentially free and Puljujarvi can be re-signed for relative pennies compared to what he is earning now.
Salary Dump City: The Blackhawks, Sabres, Ducks, Coyotes, Canadiens and Blue Jackets are all among the teams that would readily take on Puljujarvi’s contract for the right asset in return from Edmonton.
This is the first time we’ve seen Florida, St. Louis or Tampa mentioned as potential destinations for the Finn.
Stone out after surgery
Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone is out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery.
Stone, 30, was injured on Jan. 12 and began rehab work shortly thereafter, the club said, but a set back resulted in him needing surgery. It was performed by Dr. Chad Prusmack in Denver, C.O., and the winger is expected to make a full recovery.
He’s dealt with back injuries in the past, but has drawn in for 43 games this season scoring 17 goals and 38 points.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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