Elliotte Friedman weighs in on some of the wacky Edmonton Oilers trade rumors.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently wrote, “You can tell people believe we’re getting closer to a (CBA) resolution because trade-rumour insanity is hitting the internet”, referring specifically to speculation the Edmonton Oilers could make a big move post-lockout.
Friedman dismissed talk of the Oilers shipping winger Jordan Eberle to Vancouver for goalie Roberto Luongo, or 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban. He expressed doubt the Canucks would trade Luongo to a division rival, or that the goalie would want to go there. “You know who’d make a lot of sense? Jay Bouwmeester. He also has a no-trade clause, but could you imagine Calgary and Edmonton making that deal?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, Elliotte, I can’t imagine that deal. Not without a third team getting involved, whereby the Flames trade Bouwmeester to that third team, which then “flipped” him to the Oilers, provided he’d be willing to accept that move if his “no-trade” clause remained in effect after the initial move. Eberle for Luongo? Yakupov for Subban? Gotta love the active imaginations of some folks. Sure, it’s possible the Oilers could make a “wow factor” deal post-lockout, and I don’t doubt they have interest in Luongo, and would have interest in Subban. I just doubt they can land Luongo, and I don’t believe the Canadiens will move Subban, especially given the wonky knees of Andrei Markov.