Holland: Puljujarvi signing in Finland doesn't rule out trade
Since Puljujarvi's contract includes an NHL opt-out clause - allowing him to join a team before Dec. 1 - Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland doesn't believe the move will have much impact on his trade market.
"I don't know that him signing in Finland has a huge effect on the situation," Holland told Sportsnet's Mark Spector. "I've had conversations with numerous clubs that have had interest, some interest, in acquiring Jesse. And I have had, probably in the last 10 days, two or three new teams reach out to me. Teams whose position have changed, and are checking into the Puljujarvi situation.
"I'll do a deal if I feel good that I'm making a deal in the best interests of the Edmonton Oilers."
Puljujarvi, a former fourth overall pick of the Oilers, requested a trade out of Edmonton earlier this summer, but Holland hasn't found an offer to his liking. The 6-foot-4 winger has always had tantalizing potential, but he's produced just 37 points in 139 career NHL games.