NHL Trade Rumours: Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 18: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates the puck trailed by Derick Brassard #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

With the NHL Trade Deadline approaching, Last Word on Hockey brings you our daily NHL Trade Rumours segment. Looking at all the talk and analysis from around the league. Today we look at possible rumours of the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Edmonton Oilers

Rumour: The Edmonton Oilers are looking to be buyers at this year’s trade deadline in order to make a push to make the playoffs come April. According to Elliott Friedman when speaking on Sportsnet Hockey Central podcast, Jesse Puljujarvi as well as their first round pick are in play in order to improve their scoring depth.

 Analysis: If the Oilers do in fact trade Puljujarvi and their first round pick, the return should be substantial. Although Puljujarvi hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, he’s still 20 years old.  However, Oilers fans have to be worried. Chiarelli has already made a lot of bad trades and signings since his time with the Oilers. Fans are still upset over the return, or lack thereof, for Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Now just a couple of years later, the Oilers are looking for help on offence. Go figure. If Chiarelli doesn’t get this right and the Oilers miss the playoffs, he just may be looking for employment elsewhere in the off-season.

Look for teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens to step in and try to acquire the young Finn.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Rumour: On TSN’s Insider Trading, Darren Dreger mentions that Pittsburgh Penguins centre Derick Brassard would be in play. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been listening to offers on Brassard. The expectation is that he will be traded, and the Penguins want at least a third line centre in return.

Analysis: As Dreger mentions, Brassard just hasn’t really fit in for the Penguins since they acquired him before last season’s trade deadline. Brassard is still a solid middle centre and a change of scenery could be exactly what the struggling centre needs to return to form. For the Penguins, they would like to add a more reliable defensive centreman for their third line to play behind stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rumour: On TSN’s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun mentions that the Leafs are looking to bolster their defence and that their first round pick would be in play.

Analysis: No surprise here. The Leafs right side on defence has been the biggest question mark for the past couple of seasons. Right now, Ron Hainsey is leading the way in ice time on the right side. However, he’s not capable of playing those big minutes. The group of Hainsey, Nikita Zaitsev and Igor Ozhiganov just isn’t what you would consider a championship defence. If the Leafs really want to be a legit contender they will need to acquire someone capable of playing top four minutes. Which unfortunately for the Leafs, will cost a fine penny.

The Carolina Hurricanes are a team to watch here. The Hurricanes have a lot of depth on defence and Justin Faulk has been linked to the Leafs more than once over the past few years.

Stay tuned every for more NHL trade rumours.

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  1. Not sure what Kyle thinks a first rnd pick will get him my thinking is not much, The Leafs first rnd pick would be around 26th&30th pick can’t really see a team drooling over that pick for a top 4 defender. Let’s get real it’s going to take a combination of that pick and one of Johnsson or Kappy might get you a top 4 or you could do the right thing here and trade Nylander straight up and keep Kappy and Johnsson and it still won’t cost 6.9mil to get that pair signed not to mention that first rnd pick for a heavy winger or center for that run at the playoffs not one and done been there done that.. If Kappy is the victim big mistake you just don’t trade a player that was on course to put up 25 to 30 goals and plays in all area’s of the game, unlike Nylander one trick pony routine. Oh I know second in scoring chances OK where’s the goals none oh one it’s just to bad scoring chances don’t count or we would’ve won more games. One month for Kyle to shore this team up and give them the chance to succeed. If there is a dealto be made make it as soon as possible especially if it is a defender give him as much time to get use to new teammates and system. Don’t wait till the last minute that hasn’t worked out to well and with Mathews and Marner and others still not signed what’s going on! CHEERS! !!!

  2. Hello, l agree Nylander is uselessness the worst and breaking up a good working line is bed for the team! Treading him is the best thing and get 2 good defender what we need!! Tread Gardiner!!
    Nylander bring bed luck to the Maple Leafs.
    Hilda ( member of Leaf Nation!)


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