NHL Rumours: Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Rumours
EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 30: Connor McDavid #97 and Jesse Puljujarvi #98 of the Edmonton Oilers battle against Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Place on November 30, 2017 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

After a full month of play in the NHL so far this season, teams are beginning to figure out what their team is like on the ice. Many general managers are looking to make adjustments to their rosters now that they have an idea of what their team looks like on ice. Lot’s of talk about tinkering is happening. Today will cover the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs for our NHL rumours.

NHL Rumours

Edmonton Oilers

Rumour: On Headlines Saturday night, Chris Johnson talked about how the Edmonton Oilers trade talks are heating up with Jesse Puljujarvi and the New York Rangers are one team that is very interested. General manager Ken Holland is going over to Finland to watch Puljujarvi play in a tournament.

Analysis: The Oilers/Puljujarvi saga has been ongoing throughout the year. Since his contract expired, Puljujarvi has made it be known he does not want to return to the Oilers. This is even after their hiring of new management hot start to the season.

The New York Rangers have been noted as a team that could be interested in Puljujarvi. The Rangers are a young team in the middle of a rebuild. Despite making some large off-season additions like Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba, they have not been off to a good start with a record of 5-5-1 so far this season, the Rangers have not looked good. Adding a still-young and promising player like Puljujarvi could benefit both the team and the player. The Rangers need all the help they can get. A deal would allow Puljujarvi a fresh start, and in a location that would allow him to grow with the team.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Rumour: According to Josh Yohe of The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Penguins are unlikely to trade away Jack Johnson now that Erik Gudbranson has been traded. Yohe claims that there was a deal on the table that could have sent Johnson to a new team in early September.

Analysis: Pittsburgh has wanted to get rid of Jack Johnson for some time now, however, it seems like they have been pleased with his recent play. Some people have wanted Johnson out of Pittsburgh as early as  the first year of his deal in Pittsburgh. It seemed that Jim Rutherford wanted to trade only one of Gidbranson or Johnson, and now with Gudbranson gone, will be staying in Pittsburgh a while longer.

With Rutherford choosing to trade Gudbranson instead, the tabled deal for Johnson must not have been very appealing. It would appear to make sense that a Gudbranson deal would be more palatable. He only has one year left on his deal after this, as opposed to Johnsons three.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rumour: According to Dave Pagnotta on Sportsnet 650, the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to trade forward Nic Petan.

Analysis: The Leafs have recently loaned Petan to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. There, he promptly scored 2 goals and 2 assists in his first game. With Zach Hyman coming off the injured reserve soon, the Leafs will have to make roster space and cap space for him. Petan seems like an effective player that would be good for a team that needs additional depth. On the Leafs, it seems he is unable to be used to his full potential. He now seems like the odd man out with players starting to heal.

Petan was acquired at last year’s deadline for Par Lindholm, so do not anticipate the return for Petan being of much value. He stands to be a cheap buy for a team looking for forwards. He will likely provide more value than what will be traded for him.

This concludes our NHL rumours for today!

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  1. That’s going to be huge if the Leafs can move this player. Are you kidding me, that should be part of a pkg deal. Moving out depth player’s isn’t going to right this ship,Kyle needs to trade a significant player that carries a big cap hit, the first player that comes to mind is Nylander and his 6.9mil cap hit. Nylander could single handedly fix all that’s wrong and wouldn’t even be missed. With the amount already paid against Nylander’s contract you’d think that he’d bring back that top end defender plus either salary retained or sweeten the pot with a pic or prospect, then there’s the cap relief. Kyle has to do something to relieve the cap pressure so this team can use the depth that Kyle built-up this summer, but the job’s not done Barrie, Muzzin, Ceci are you signing any of these player’s or are you going to find new homes and receive a player this team needs, don’t tell me that your plans are for these player’s walking out the door without any return, that’s no plan, that’s no plan at all. Kyle did some good work this off season, but there’s more work to do, this is not a contender at the moment so don’t stop building this team, they’ve still have player needs. CHEERZ ?


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