Oilers & Maples Leafs Discussing Trade for D-Man?

It’s the time of year where trade rumors and speculation kick into high gear, giving the fans something to deliberate over.  Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet is the latest provider after he tweeted a photo of Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish talking to Maple Leafs’ GM Dave Nonis for roughly ten minutes.  Is a potential trade brewing?

Slow down for just a minute.  All the GM’s are gathered for their annual meetings so to see the two chatting is not surprising.  For all we know they could be discussing their hotel rooms.  Maybe Mac-T’s room didn’t come with a mini bar and he wanted to know if  Nonis’ did.  Yeah, probably not.

Let’s look at the trade scenario a little more.

As David Staples of the Edmonton Journal points out, Kypreos is one of the dubbed “hockey insiders” and if there is a story about to break or rumors are brewing, guys like him are on top of it. They’ll be the first to know outside the hockey organizations and they’re the first to squash any false rumblings.

Kypreos did tweet the following:

Now this is something that could make sense.  As Staples mentions in his article, the only way the Oilers would surely consider moving their 7th overall pick to the Leafs is if they acquire a top-4 defenseman in return.  Enter Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson.

Staples reminds us that MacTavish has said they want a defenseman that can shoot the puck and “play the puck possession game.”  A point for Gardiner who is only 22-years old and oh yeah, has ties to new head coach Dallas Eakins from their Toronto Marlies’ days.  Another point for Gardiner.

Gunnarsson on the other hand is your typical shut-down defender writes Staples, something the Oilers need more of.  At 26-years of age, Gunnarsson still has plenty of productive years ahead of him and could be considered NHL ready where as Gardiner bounced up and down between the AHL and NHL last season.  Only after finally being “freed” did Gardiner get a fair shake with the Leafs, leading some to believe he may not be perceived as valuable to the Leafs as once thought.

The Oilers could use either one of these guys and dealing the number seven pick would surely get the job done.  The Leafs are overflowing with NHL ready blue-liners and they’ve made no bones about trying to move a couple of them.  The Oilers would surely take Gunnarsson or Gardiner off their hands if the opportunity arose, wouldn’t they?

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