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REPORT: Oilers Interested in Kunin? ‘Few Teams’ Looking at Granlund



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It looks like Luke Kunin might be an under-the-radar Trade Deadline target.

Are the Edmonton Oilers trying to acquire the San Jose Sharks winger?

“Another name I heard for the Oilers is Luke Kunin from San Jose. I thought that was an interesting name,” Elliotte Friedman said on his 32 Thoughts Podcast today. “Just a guy with a little bit of an edge to him.”

Kunin, 26, is a pending RFA with a $2.75 million AAV. He has eight goals and 10 points in 51 games. To Friedman’s point, he leads San Jose forwards with 106 Hits and five fights, and is also a valuable penalty killer. He was also just named a team alternate captain.

Edmonton doesn’t have a lot of Deadline cap space — per Puckpedia, they should have a little more than $2 million by Mar. 8 — but the Sharks can possibly retain (they have one retention slot left) or take on an Oilers contract or both sides can find a third team.

The San Jose Sharks acquired Kunin from the Nashville Predators in the summer of 2022 for a 2023 third-round pick and John Leonard. In 82 games in teal, Kunin has 13 goals and 23 points and 95 PIMs. He suffered a torn right ACL last year, but has made a full recovery.


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