The Edmonton Oilers are getting Evander Kane back tonight, and while that is a good thing for most of the lineup, it’s not for everyone. There are rumblings that Jesse Puljujarvi could be a healthy scratch tonight, and Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reports that the team recently had discussions with other teams about the big Finn.
Puljujarvi, 24, continues to be a strong defensive presence for the Oilers but just can’t seem to score, with just four goals and ten points this season. The fourth-overall pick from 2016 has 50 total goals in his 304-game NHL career, and carries a $3MM cap hit this season on a one-year deal.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken Kris Letang off the non-roster list after he returned to the team, but have moved him to injured reserve. The move is retroactive to December 28, meaning he can come off IR whenever ready to return from his lower-body injury. Letang won’t play on Wednesday but is listed as day-to-day.
- The carousel continues in Buffalo, where Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been sent down and Peyton Krebs recalled, ahead of their game tonight. Luukkonen started last night for the Sabres so was never going to play tonight, meaning they can dress Eric Comrie and Craig Anderson instead, while taking Krebs along to Chicago.