NHL rumors: JT Miller in high demand, four teams interested in Jesse Puljujarvi


Elbows for the services of JT Miller.

TSN insider Darren Dreger reports that the Vancouver Canucks asking price for the striker remains high, but interest in the 29-year-old is “very strong”.

Miller is coming out of his best career season, in which he scored 32 goals and 99 points in 80 games, but he has only one year left on his contract, with an average annual salary of $ 5.2 million, and his future with footballers. Canucks is far from certain.

Responding to commercial rumors involving Miller, Canucks hockey operations president Jim Rutherford said last month that while the team wanted to keep Miller, it may not be wise for Vancouver to get him to sign a long-term deal.

The Canucks, who have missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years this season, have $ 2.15 million leeway under the salary cap after offering a three-year contract extension of $ 19.95. million to Brock Boeser last week.

Four teams interested in Puljujarvi?

Several teams are interested in the services of limited free agent Jesse Puljujarvi, but what the Edmonton Oilers offer in exchange for the striker would not meet their expectations right now.

TSN reporter Ryan Rishaug reports that up to four teams will fight for the rights of the 24-year-old winger. He adds, however, that the compensation offered in exchange is currently “marginal”, but that this could change in the coming days.

Oilers general manager Ken Holland did not commit when asked if Puljujarvi would be part of the team’s long-term plans after the Oilers were knocked out of the playoffs last month.

“This is what I have to please,” Holland said at the time. “I talked to Jesse yesterday and I know he’s disappointed. He got off to a great start. I think he scored 6 goals in the first 10 games and after the first 13, 14 or 15 he had almost one point per game. But his second half of the season was really tough.

“I think he has lost faith. He was in the top 6 and found himself in the last two lines. But he’s only 24, he’s still relatively young. I have to solve Jesse’s case. “

Puljujarvi has scored 14 goals and 36 points in 65 games this season, adding two goals and an assist in 16 playoff games.

Selected fourth in the 2016 NHL Draft, Puljujarvi scored 46 goals and 98 points in 259 career games with the Oilers.

He just entered into a two-year contract worth $ 2.35 million.

Activates for Chychrun

While Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong seemed to be cracking down on rumors about Jakob Chychrun last week, it looks like they are on the rise again.

Quoting two sources, Brian Hedger of Sending Columbus reports that the Blue Jackets are talking to the Coyotes ahead of the NHL Draft which begins Thursday with the first round. Note that Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he is open to trading 12th pick if he manages to acquire a long-term young player.

The Blue Jackets hold the sixth pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, acquired in the Seth Jones swap last summer, as well as their 12th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

Chychrun’s annual salary, which counts $ 4.6 million on payroll, shouldn’t be a problem for Columbus, who has $ 19.5 million of leeway under the salary cap with 20 players under contract according to the site. CapFriendly specialist. There are four limited free agents to sign this summer, including Patrik Laine.

If Chychrun is available, Ken Warren’s post media believes that Ottawa senators should also be interested in the defender. To make his takeover, Warren writes that senators would likely have to forgo their first-round pick (# 7) plus a young defender like Erik Brannstrom or 2019 first-round pick Lassi Thomson, plus one other player.

The Coyotes already have three picks in the first round (3, 27, and 32), as well as four picks in the second round of Friday’s draft.

Under contract until 2024-2025, Chychrun scored 7 goals and 21 points in 47 games last season, his sixth with the Coyotes. Drawn in 16th place overall by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, he had his best career season in 2020-21, scoring 18 goals and 41 points in 56 games.

Meeting between Sakic and the Kuemper clan

Our colleague Pierre LeBrun suggests Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic and Darcy Kuemper goalkeeper agent Ben Hankinson will meet on Wednesday to begin discussions.

Kuemper could become an unlimited free agent on July 13th.

The 32-year-old recorded a save percentage of 0.921 and averaged 2.54 goals against the average in 57 games for Avalanche during the regular season. He was 16-10-4 in the playoffs with a save percentage of 0.902 and an average of 2.57 goals.

Kuemper was signed by Avalanche from the Arizona Coyotes last summer, shortly after former number 1 goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer signed with Seattle Kraken.

Kuemper just completed a $ 9 million two-year deal with the Coyotes in 2019.

Picked in the sixth round of the Minnesota Wild in 2009, Kuemper is 143-95-36 with a save percentage of 0.918 and 2.48 GAA in 299 games with Wild, Los Angeles Kings Angeles, Coyotes and Avalanche.


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