What Athanasiou might cost the Oilers
Jim Matheson: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland would trade the rights to Jesse Puljujarvi to the Detroit Red Wings for Andreas Athanasiou. The Red Wings would likely want a draft pick as well. A second rounder would be too much, but a fourth or higher could be okay.
Jim Matheson: One concern for the Oilers GM Ken Holland would be that they are already at 48 contracts. Any trades may have to be player in, player out.
Forward Jujhar Khaira could be someone they’d move. There may be some teams interested in his size.
Canucks and Markstrom talking extension
“Certainly there’s contract talks going on now,” said Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “This is a tough one to get a read on. I don’t think Jacob Markstrom wants this to play out too much publicly. Jim Benning was on today with Dan Murphy on the Sportsnet broadcast and said they wanted to get something done.”
“Word was going around this week that there was a two-year offer from the Canucks to Jacob Markstrom, a raise on what he is making now. That is not confirmed from anyone yet. But it does seem as though, behind the scenes, they are trying to see if there is a fit.”
The 30-year old Markstrom has a cap hit of $3.66 million this season. He has a 20-13-3 record with a 2.70 GAA and .917 SV percentage.
Wild will wait as long as they can
“(Guerin’s) been frank with us that he’s going to wait as long as he can, but we’ve got to play better and we’ve got to show him that this is the group,” Dumba said. “Yeah, we’ve got to be better.”
Mikko Koivu has a no-movement clause. They don’t have any unrestricted free agents. All players are either restricted free agents or have term left on their deals.