Jesse Puljujarvi and Warren Foegele‘s time with the Edmonton Oilers is quickly coming to an end. Puljujarvi has been given many chances, and here we are discussing him on his way out. It has reached a point that the Oilers might be willing to ship him out to move money and get very little in return. Foegele has been a healthy scratch the last two games and isn’t in the good books either. Expect one or both to be traded in the coming weeks.
The Oilers are going to need the cap and roster space for Evander Kane to return soon. Kurt Leavins of
Who Do the Oilers Trade?
Though the Oilers will likely have to trade either Puljujarvi or Foegele first, it’s in their best interest to move both of them this season. Trading only one would give the organization enough cap space to keep players like Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore in the NHL. But trading both would free up nearly $6 million. During Kane’s absence, the Oilers didn’t replace him with anything more than $2 million worth of internal options in Janmark and Klim Kostin.
The Edmonton Journal stated, “Kane may be less than three weeks away from returning to action. That is way ahead of schedule.” He noted that Kane could return as soon as the Jan. 25 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (from “The Edmonton Oilers O/T loss to the Av’s should beam a bat signal to Ken Holland: 9 Things,” The Edmonton Journal, Jan. 8, 2023). If the Oilers want to keep some of their more productive players in the lineup when Kane returns, a trade would have to be imminent.