Edmonton Oilers Still Looking to Trade Jesse Puljujarvi, Unlikely Tyson Barrie and Others

Edmonton Oilers continues to “pursue all options trading for (Jesse) Puljujarvi,” in TSN Ryan Richog tweeted on Monday.

Of a casual skate game, Rishaug reports it’s “the most obvious move to clear some cover space.”

We’ve talked about this at length this season, so I don’t have much to add other than this:

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The fact of the matter is that Puljujarvi’s new one-year $3 million contract is truly a worthwhile deal. Projections for a new deal for him are that his value is in the $5 million range, although his actual value is not high.

He was an incredibly influential player for the Oilers last season, and the COVID-19 virus and ankle injury seriously affected the second half of his season.

The easiest way in Edmonton to liquidate the salary required to hire Ryan McLeod is to trade Warren Vogel for nothing.

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Richog also reported that the Oilers were unlikely to trade defenseman Tyson Barry.

This is not a big surprise. If they’re going to trade it in to save cover space, it’s more likely to happen in the off-season when there’s a lot of player movement. He’s in the second year of a three-year deal that paid him $4.5 million.

Depending on how the season shakes up, Barry could be a man the Oilers are looking to make a move on deadline.

I’m curious to see how Oilers Ryan Murray uses on the backend. For me it makes sense for him to be 3rd for the Oilers above Barry, but we’ll see what happens next week.

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A small note here, but Philippe Broberg was seen playing on the right side of defense on Monday. @bcurlock on Twitter, who greatly appreciate my opinion of Oilers prospects, tweeted that Dave Manson never shied away from playing offside at Bakersfield. This should be an interesting thing to watch as the Oilers’ right-hand side is solid with Cody Ceci, Evan Bouchard and Tyson Barrie on.

The Montreal Canadiens named Nick Suzuki the captain of the 31st franchise on Monday.

Habs General Manager Kent Hughes made the announcement early today at the team’s annual golf tournament in Laval, Quebec. Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmondson have been named alternate captains.

Suzuki succeeds Shea Webber as club captain.

The Colorado Avalanche made news Monday morning with the signing of free agent Evan Rodriguez. As I wrote on DailyFaceoff this morningthis is a deep immersion slam move for Avs.

Rodriguez had his highest levels of goals, assists and points last season and scored solid key figures throughout his career.

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He was a guy who would love to see the Oilers sign, but cover space was an obvious problem.

Zach Ling is the news director and columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at Tweet embedor via email at [email protected]