Jesse Puljujarvi on possible Edmonton Oilers comeback: “Never say never”


After a solid year in the Finnish league that culminated in a nomination for Young Player of the Year, new rumors surround these here Internetz that Jesse Puljujarvi may have softened in his position regarding a return to the Oilers d ‘Edmonton. According to a report outside Finland by Janne Onnela (paywall), time may have healed some injuries here.

For the second time since the NHL closed, we are talking about the possibility that the former fourth overall pick will return to the Oilers after taking his ball very publicly and going home. I’m not saying he had no reason to want to go out, obviously there was some kind of tear in the ginch that led him to ask his agent to air trade requests and we will never really know what it is, but there are signs that have appeared recently that suggest that the tides may turn between the player and the organization. At the end of April, Puljujarvi was playing video games on Twitch with a friend of the Nation, Larvinen, when asked if he would consider returning to Edmonton. Here is what I wrote about it at the time:

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I know the Jesse Puljujarvi saga has been going on for over a year now and talking about it is like kicking a dead horse that was mostly eaten by scavengers, but there could be another chapter in this story. Just last week, Puljujarvi was playing twitch videos with a friend of the Nation, Larvinen, when asked whether or not he would consider returning to Edmonton. We heard his agent say he would never play another game with the Oilers, so that should be it, right? Puljujarvi proposed a simple “never say never”.

According to Onnela’s article, Puljujarvi repeated the same feeling recently, so maybe bridges are being built and there is actually a chance of reaching an agreement? Is there a smoking building here? Follow me for a moment in the rabbit hole and pretend that it is really possible and that Jesse Puljujarvi is legitimately open to playing in Edmonton. My first thought is that you should give Ken Holland a lot of credit for waiting for him, right? Last summer and even during the season, Holland made it clear that he was in no rush to trade Puljujarvi just because he asked. Rather than making a cheap sale like Pistol Pete probably would have done, Holland hid the Puljufile and can potentially retain an asset that said he would no longer play for this team. But are we close?

In May, Gregor asked Ken Holland for an update on the situation:

Oilers general manager Ken Holland told me this morning that there is nothing new about Puljujarvi. “There’s not a lot going on in the hockey world right now. Too many strangers to have real conversations. We don’t know when the off-season will take place, ”writes Holland.

Given that this Puljusaga has been going on for over a year now, it’s almost hard to believe that we’re still talking about it and yet we’re there. Even with this latest round of news, that doesn’t mean we’re any closer to getting an answer in one way or another, but maybe that change in attitude means we’re finally approaching the line. of arrival. With a new coach and general manager in place since the last time Jesse was here, I always felt that Puljujarvi had as good an opportunity to rehabilitate his game with the team that wrote it as anywhere else , but I really didn’t think there was a lot of chance that would happen. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play on a team with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? Again, would they want her luggage back in the room at this point? Does anyone care?

As always, all we can do is wait.

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