My original thought was Toronto with Gardiner and Reimer constantly popping up in rumors it seemed a natural fit, but the cap numbers just don't seem to work unless other pieces begin to find their way into the conversation. Even then, it's a lot of mixing and matching that doesn't seem to make sense. But what about another organization recently involved in trade rumors who has a reputation for making big moves? What about the Rangers? Both Michael Del Zotto and Daniel Girardi have supposedly been "made available" recently. With Boston losing Dennis Seidenberg for the year they could be in hot pursuit of one or both of them, but could they ever match a return like Eberle? The only chance they had of that left for Dallas last off-season when they shipped out Tyler Seguin.
Obviously a deal like this would have to come with a few other specifics. With the contracts expiring for both Del Zotto and Girardi, there would like have to be a sign and trade agreement. I don't believe, even in a 2-for-1 deal, that this is even up enough for Edmonton to make the swap. The Rangers would like have to include another player like Carl Hagelin and Edmonton including a defenseman like Anton Belov or Martin Marincin. The numbers work cap-wise. For Edmonton it brings in some grit, speed and skill on the back end with a good third line burst with Hagelin. For the Rangers they bring in someone to help take some heat off of Rick Nash while adding one of the games more exciting young players. Glen Sather will deal with Eberle's defensive deficiencies if he can help Brad Richards and Nash get to another level in their game.
I have to wonder how long the Oilers organization can believe in all of these top flight forwards - they've been together for a little while and things just aren't clicking. I don't think they should blow it up, but a top six would remain of Perron, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov, Gagner and Hemsky. Even if they are able to get a better defensemen or pair of defensemen out of the deal from another team, I believe it is worth their while to shop Eberle. You're not winning with him, go out and get some pieces that will help you right the ship. It's time for a big shake up in Oil Country.