Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings for winger Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a 2nd round pick in either 2014 or 2015. Soon after Leafs GM Dave Nonis stated that more deals were to be made by July 5th. Pretty interesting.
A report on Sportsnet.ca claimed that the leafs have enquired about Oilers centre Sam Gagner. The leafs need a number 2 centre and Gagner fits the bill. With the Leafs potentially already acquired their number 1 goalie, an addition to fill a centre void by adding Gagner will give them another offensive threat. Gagner makes sense for the leafs.
Now, the important question. What’s the return? The piece I’d expect back would be Jake Gardiner. But I doubt the Oilers would do a 1 for 1 swap, given Gagner is more proven and although Gardiner is a terrific puck mover, I wouldn’t do it because it’s to high of a risk. I doubt Toronto would do Gardiner and #21 or Reimer for Gagner, but hey? Stranger things have happened.
Exciting times for the Oilers!