Apr 12, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) during warmup prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Edmonton Oilers Making a Push For Dion Phaneuf

Another day, another Dion Phaneuf trade rumor. At this pace, if he is wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey when training camp begins, I’ll be extremely surprised.

This time, its the Edmonton Oilers that the team that is getting set to make a run at the Maple Leafs captain. Now, this is an Eklund rumor, so take it as you will.

This is what Eklund had to say about the Oilers and Phaneuf

I am still hearing that Edmonton is prepared to strengthen its push to acquire Dion Phaneuf with an offer Toronto can’t refuse.

Well, if the Oilers want to do that, I’ll say they can go for it. The Oilers have had so much trouble getting better in the Western Conference that they need to do something to get out of the NHL’s basement.

In any deal that would send Phaneuf to Edmonton, I would imagine that the Oilers’ third overall pick and the Leafs eighth pick would also be involved. A player like Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov could also be part of the deal.

If it’s a deal that the Leafs can’t refuse, you’d have to think that at least one of those two would be on their way to Toronto. I don’t think any of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be part of the deal, as much as Leafs fans would like them to be.

What do you think of the possibility of Phaneuh heading back to his home town? What would you want in return?

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