Could the Edmonton Oilers be planning a major trade post-lockout? Could the Toronto Maple Leafs trade Jake Gardiner? Read on to find out.
OILERS NATION: Jonathan Willis of The Edmonton Journal recently noted Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED had reported he expects the Oilers to make a “wow factor move” in player personnel once the lockout ends. He noted Stauffer has a “better batting average” in getting things right regarding moves by the Oilers. Willis went on speculate which areas the Oilers need to address (defense, center and goal), suggesting forward Magnus Paajarvi, Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner could be potential trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last month Roberto Luongo was considered all but certain to end up with the Toronto Maple Leafs post-lockout. Now, it also appears the Oilers could make a significant move. Perhaps they might try to land Luongo? Reports out of Vancouver claimed the Oilers had made a pitch for him. Speaking of Luongo and Toronto…
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reported Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, currently playing for the AHL’s Marlies, is likely too valuable for the Leafs to include in a trade for a goaltender like Roberto Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks wanted Gardiner as part of the return from the Leafs for Luongo, but it appears obvious GM Brian Burke won’t move the young blueliner. If Luongo is shipped to Toronto post-lockout, I don’t believe Gardiner will be part of the deal.