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06-20-2013, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Beleafer4 View Post
Unless the scouts are sure of the talent at #7, I would be very hesitant of trading gardiner. He is a second pairing defensemen with definite first pairing upside. High ceiling, high floor. He has shown he can play in the nhl level. He was our second best D last year, the best D in the marlies, and our best defenseman in the playoffs. He controlled the game and carlyle said he was elite offensively. He had a poor season but thats a combination of the sophomore slump + concussion.

I mean, this trade *could* be a good hockey trade but thats a lot of risk for us. Besides I am not really sure how much the oilers would benefit from a gardiner type D.
MacT wants guys who can move the puck up to the forwards in stride. The Oilers defence wasn't awful defensively last year, but they don't have enough effective puck movers. That's why MacT would be targeting a player like Gardiner, he probably sees a bit of Kieth in him.

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