Apr 3, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) goes to pass the puck against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Boston 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Speculation: Could The Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Jake Gardiner To The Edmonton Oilers?

Over the past few weks, I have been writing about trade rumors that would see the Toronto Maple Leafs move up in the 2014 NHL Draft. Some have been out, but perhaps not as the one I’m about to present to you now.

Matt Larkin of The Hockey News suggests the Edmonton Oilers send the third overall pick to the Leafs in exchange for both Jake Gardiner and the eighth overall pick. That way the Oilers could pick the second best defenseman in the draft, Haydn Fleury.

Okay, I know I’ve thought of some crazy trade rumors, but usually they fall in the favor of the Leafs, if they favor anyone. This one is so lopsided in the Oilers’ favor that it could be considered highway robbery. I get this is just a suggestion and not an actual rumor but yikes, this one looks horrible for the Leafs.

Yes, this trade would help the Leafs pick of the top prospects in the draft, but in my opinion, if the Oilers want Gardiner in exchange for the third overall pick. That’s it. That way, both teams get a player that will make a difference on their team. If the suggested happens, the Leafs get a potentially great player and the Oilers potentially get two.

One thing you have to consider is the conditions Gardiner would be playing in. If he were traded to Edmonton, he would be reunited with old college pal Justin Schultz. It’s fair to assume that Gardiner would play just as well as has with the Leafs, if not better. That is what makes this trade rather… well, lets just say unfair.

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