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Jesse Puljujarvi expected to sign and be at Oilers camp, Flames choke away their season, 31 Thoughts, UFA D options, Broberg and Lavoie head to Sweden, and MORE!

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Morning, everyone!

First thing’s first:

This is a large development, but not totally surprising — other than the obvious and unstoppable surprise that comes from the Oilers accomplishing something we actually wanted, of course — we expected Puljujarvi to return after learning his latest deal with Kärpät Oulu included an NHL out clause:

So, assuming that Puljujarvi returning does indeed come to pass, where should they put him?

Well, I have one really, really good idea: beside Connor McDavid.

McDavid with Puljujarvi

Player 1 Player 2 TOI CF% FF% SF% GF% xGF% SCF% HDCF% HDGF% PDO
Player 1 Player 2 TOI CF% FF% SF% GF% xGF% SCF% HDCF% HDGF% PDO
Jesse Puljujarvi Connor McDavid 407.75 55.06 55.5 53.09 61.54 57.53 57.5 57.51 58.62 1.028
Data courtesy Natural Stat Trick |

I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hard to argue with those numbers. Those are the numbers that power Galactus to eat entire universes. Before Thanos snapped his fingers, he had to ask those numbers for permission. Chuck Norris joke.

Further, if the Oilers still remain unconvinced long-term — or if perhaps Puljujarvi continues to have reservations about the organization — there is no better way to inflate a player’s value than popping him beside The Captain. Look at Zack Kassian, for example. McDavid did such a good job of inflating his numbers that the Oilers ultimately pump and dumped Kassian onto themselves. Like a calendar year after his contract (for roughly half what he’ll make next year) was the only thing that kept him in Edmonton after his camp got permission to seek a trade.

I took the afternoon off the socials yesterday — I highly recommend, btw — and missed the Calgary Flames Falmes pooping in their own pants on live TV en route to choking away their season. What I love about that, is absolutely everything. I hope nothing good ever happens to that team or city. Sorry if any of you live there.


Already this morning the refrain around those losers is that ‘big change will be coming’ and I, for one, cannot wait to see them deal Johnny Gaudreau for a satchel of vulcanized rubber, and elevate Milan Lucic into his spot on their ‘top’ line. I love it.


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