Brian Burke is a different sort. Quickly becoming hockey’s “Columbo” with his disheveled appearance and chronic frown, he’s one of the best quotes in hockey.
Last night on HNIC and twitter the latest rumor (Schenn and #5 for Oilers #1) caught fire and Burke felt a need to deny it in his usual vague terms:
- “I have never discussed this trade or any trade involving Luke Schenn to Edmonton.”
No follow to ask about Gardiner or Kulemin or Scrivens or Gunnarsson or Kadri or a 2nd rd pick. None.
Which I find disappointing. Why? Because reading the tea leaves I believe the Oilers might be interested in dealing down to #5 and adding an asset. Reasons include they’re not convinced Nail Yakupov is #1 and also their real target–the guy they absolutely covet–may in fact be available at #5.
We know the Oilers have given us 5 names for this draft. What if they have them in this order:
What if they didn’t feel taking Murray #1 was possible due to optics? I think an organization would find it difficult to go that fair against the grain, and might decide to deal down and get their guy while adduing useful pieces.
What if the Oilers trade #1 overall to Toronto for Carl Gunnarsson, Nikoli Kulemin and #5? For the record Gunnarsson had a drastic zone start, tough qual comp and a very reasonable Corsi Rel based on where he was in the order.
Burke’s quote is vague, the Oilers may have a desire to trade out, and the Leafs have some useful things even without including the ideal player (Gardiner and #5 would be a fine trade).
Is this possible?