Ken Holland: Jesse Puljujarvi signing in Finland doesn’t rule out trade


The Jesse Puljujarvi sweepstakes are still wide open after the restricted free-agent forward signed a one-year deal on Tuesday morning to play in Finland’s top league this season.

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 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.

However, Holland isn’t in a rush to trade Puljujarvi. It’s believed that a prospect with top-nine forward potential and a draft pick could get the deal done. A one-for-one trade for another player could also work, but it would have to be someone who can step in immediately and has term left on his contract.