NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs & Oilers Trade Scenario

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are emerging as potential trade partners after Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman noted on Saturday night that the Oilers were looking for a depth forward with an edge.

The Maple Leafs have been trying to move Wayne Simmonds out since the end of training camp and the two sides may be in contact regarding the veteran winger. Simmonds is a pending free agent who makes $900,000 against the cap. He's been waived multiple times this season, however as Auston Matthews puts it - Simmonds is family and one of the best teammates in the league. 

Simmonds plays with the edge the Oilers could use, meanwhile it seems like the Maple Leafs are committed to playing a speed and skill game and aren't prioritizing toughness. The 34-year-old has appeared in five games and has recorded one assist.

Murray on the other hand is a veteran defenseman with 445 career NHL games. This season he's played in 13 with the Oilers, registering three assists. He's the type of depth defenseman the Maple Leafs need as they currently have Morgan Rielly, TJ Brodie, Jake Muzzin and Jordie Benn all out of the lineup. Murray makes the league minimum $750,000 and is also a pending free agent. 

Does this trade scenario make sense to you?


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