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Seravalli: “There really hasn’t been much of a market there” for Jesse Puljujarvi

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
While the Edmonton Oilers continue to ponder roster decisions as the final week of training camp ticks to a close, the trade market for Jesse Puljujarvi has gone quiet.
There’s no big surprise in that, either. Everyone in the hockey world knows the Oilers had been looking to move on from him this summer, but it sounds like the market has gone dry.
This, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, who said on the Daily Faceoff Show Monday that teams might be scared away by Puljujarvi’s new one-year, $3-million contract.
There really hasn’t been much of a market there. I don’t think it’s any secret the Oilers attempted to move on from him this summer. They changed their ask. They were first looking for a player back, then looking for a pick back and I think it’s slid to this point. With Puljuajrvi on a one-year deal at $3-million bucks, I don’t know if teams are out there looking at it saying “hey, we’re going to get a lot of value out of this player for $3-million.” Maybe on his previous contract it would’ve been different and I think at this point, there hasn’t been enough of a market there to make the Oilers want to pull the trigger.
They have some significant decisions to make on their own roster front as we get closer to setting the rosters at 5 p.m. EST. The Oilers are probably going to have to put a player or two on waivers to be cap compliant, and you need everyone pulling their weight, including Puljujarvi at $3-million.

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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 zach@oilersnation.com.

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