We’re over a month away from the start of training camp, but the NHL rumours are still coming. Teams are trying to get that bargain-basement option or clear out salary cap space in order to make a late splash. Today we take a look at rumours surrounding the Edmonton Oilers, Kevin Shattenkirk and the Minnesota Wild.
All NHL rumours are taken from the original source and are subject to change.
Rumour: Jesse Puljujarvi has informed management that he will stay in his home country of Finland until general manager Ken Holland trades him. The news was first reported to Finnish reporter Jouni Nieminen of Kaleva newspaper.
Jesse Puljujärvi tonight to Kaleva Newspaper at a charity game in Oulu: "I want a new start with some other team. Playing in North America is still my goal." "I will stay on Oulu until I have a contract. I will find a place to play somewhere".
— Jouni Nieminen (@OnsideWithJouni) August 2, 2019
Puljujarvi has dropped hints that his time in Edmonton was coming to an end. He’s never really caught on with the big club and the 21-year-old would be worth a risk.
Analysis: The young Finn could do with a change of scenery, but one wonders who would take a chance on him. The fourth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft is treading close to bust territory if he’s not already there.
Over the past three seasons, he has split time between the NHL and the AHL, scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 139 NHL games and 15 goals and 37 points in 53 AHL games. Columbus Blue Jackets forward and third overall pick Pierre-Luc Dubois has more points than Puljujarvi has NHL games.
Rumour: Steven Ellis of The Hockey News probed into what teams could take a look at the former New York Rangers defenceman who was recently bought out. He listed the Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, and the Oilers as possibilities.
NHL.com St. Louis Blues reporter Lou Korac bandied about the idea of Shattenkirk returning home to join the Stanley Cup champions.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) August 1, 2019
Analysis: Ellis gave detailed explanations on why the five teams he listed should go after the 30-year-old. The Sabres could use him as a replacement for trade candidate Rasmus Ristolainen. Buffalo has a young defensive group and Shattenkirk could be a low-cost mentor for the team.
The Blue Jackets have a ton of cap space and only Zach Werenski to re-sign. Columbus needs to re-tool and Shattenkirk would be a veteran option for a team looking to rebuild.
Edmonton still has cap issues and would need to clear out someone like a Kris Russell in order to make some room. Shattenkirk also may not have a place if Evan Bouchard is ready to take a spot on the Oilers blue line.
The Kings were terrible on defence last season and Shattenkirk could help a group that needs stability. Drew Doughty can’t do it alone and Sean Durzi is not ready for primetime.
Detroit is having similar defensive woes like Los Angeles. There’s a mix of older players near the end of their career and younger skaters still trying to find their way. Shattenkirk may be a low-risk choice to help this defence along.
Rumour: NHL.com Wild beat writer Jessi Pierce spoke with frequent trade candidate Jason Zucker about what a new general manager will do with him. Minnesota surprisingly fired general manager Paul Fenton earlier in the week. The 27-year-old spoke with team owner Craig Leipold after the firing. Zucker said that he isn’t worried about his future with a new GM coming in.
The Newport Beach, Calif. native has been a consistent 20-goal scorer. However, he was always the subject of Fenton’s moves. Zucker is a fan favourite in the Twin Cities. Maybe a new general manager will make the forward’s future a little more secure.
New York Rangers defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 6, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.