Blue Jackets GM Kekalainen on going up or down in the draft
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic: The Columbus Blue Jackets have several first-round choices and when inquired about going up from No. 6, GM Jarmo Kekalainen stated:
“I question we’re going to go up from 6. It would most likely take (No. 6 and) No. 12, and we’re not going to do that. We’re probably going to take our opportunities on what’s there at No. 6, and if we don’t like what’s there after 5 choices, possibly we’ll return.
“I’m not sure we’d move up unless the price was very reasonable.”
The Blue Jackets owe certifying deals to Patrik Laine, Emil Bemstrom, Trey Fix-Wolansky, Kevin Stenlund, Nick Blankenburg, Adam Boqvist and Gabriel Carlsson. Stenlund is one who might not get a certifying deal.
Oilers waiting on Smith and Keith. Puljujarvi didn’t request for a trade
Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic: The Edmonton Oilers are waiting on Mike Smith and Duncan Keith to make choices on if they are playing next season or not. Keith is anticipated to play however Smith’s future is up in the air. Keith has a year left at a $5.5 million cap hit however a $1.5 million income. Smith might go on the LTIR.
Potential totally free representative targets for the Oilers if Smith doesn’t play are Jack Campbell, Ville Husso, and Darcy Kuemper.
Oilers GM Ken Holland stated that forward Jesse Puljujarvi hasn’t request for a trade. Puljujarvi might not enjoy with his function as he went from a top-six to a bottom-six with little PP time as the season advanced. Holland stated that he is not going to offer him away. The Oilers are trying to find somebody that would assist them now and not a draft choice.
A Zack Kassian buyout makes good sense. The Oilers might wish to keep defenseman Tyson Barrie however they might not have the ability to pay for to. They’d like to re-sign Brett Kulak.
Jesse Puljujärvi has actually been excellent at even strength over the previous 2 seasons (very little PP time, typical charge differential). Not actually sure why the Oilers wouldn’t wish to keep him. We job a 6yr x $5M agreement if he check in totally free company with a brand-new group. pic.twitter.com/4aFuZBSRpH
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