Hurricanes trade for Jesse Puljujarvi; Red Wings extend Jake Walman

Edmonton and Carolina swapped forwards Tuesday, with the Oilers trading Jesse Puljujarvi to the Hurricanes in exchange for Patrik Puistola.

The Oilers reportedly will clear $3 million off their books by moving Puljujarvi, who’s set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Hurricanes acquire Jesse Puljujarvi

Puljujarvi, 24, has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 58 games this season. He had 112 points (51 goals, 61 assists) in six seasons for the Oilers, who selected him No. 4 overall in the 2016 draft.

“Jesse possesses a great blend of size and skill, and he will add to the depth of our forward group,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “He has familiarity with some of our other Finnish players, and we see him as a great fit for our team and locker room.”

Puistola, 22, has yet to play in the NHL. He has 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 56 Liiga games with Jukurit in his native Finland this season. He was a third-round pick of Carolina in the 2019 draft.

Red Wings extend Jake Walman

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Apr 26, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman (8) controls the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (16) during the third period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman signed a three-year, $10.2 million contract on Tuesday.

The transaction comes three days before the NHL’s trade deadline.

Walman is the second defenseman to come to terms on a deal with the Red Wings in the last two weeks. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Olli Maatta signed a two-year, $6 million contract extension on Feb. 16.

Walman, 27, has recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a plus-17 rating in 40 games this season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the campaign.

The former Providence College star has totaled 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 116 career games with the St. Louis Blues and Red Wings. He was selected by the Blues in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media