There's always a bit of drama in Edmonton every year.
Despite the hope that should come with a new general manager and head coach, there's still a situation that isn't on the positive side.
Earlier in the summer, Jesse Puljujarvi's agent, Markus Lehto stated that his client has demanded a trade and if a trade can't be completed he'll head back to Europe.
“If he doesn’t get traded,” Lehto told Sportsnet “he will play in Europe next year. He will not play in Edmonton."
While he might want to move on he doesn't have much leverage as he's had a pretty quiet career so far considering he was the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 21 year old only has 17 goals and 37 points total in 139 career games.
Well it seems the plan might have back fired and the agent can't even remember ever threatening his client will go back to Europe as he took a different approach while on Sportsnet 650.
“First off, I’m not sure that Jesse is going to go back to Europe. I don’t think Jesse himself ever, or I don’t think I did, ever told anyone that unless he’s traded he’s for sure going to be back in Europe.”
“What Jesse has been saying to (Oilers GM Holland) Kenny and everybody else, and what I’ve been saying, is we just don’t think it’s going to work out any more. He could definitely benefit from a fresh start. I think he deserves a fresh start. I think he has done everything that Edmonton coaches, management, they had a plan. He went down three times to the American League. Every time he played excellent and he was brought back up, right?
“It’s very unfortunate, I think that it’s been in the media a little bit, in Jesse’s mouth there has been put all kinds of words and in my mouth too. I never actually said anything. We’ve been having a really good dialogue with Kenny Holland about the trade possibility and obviously I’ve got so many teams calling me, asking what’s going on. Obviously nothing has happened yet.”