Well if you say upfront that all these guys are not available you will never get a deal. Would I prefer Plekanec to be dealt instead of Eller for our longterm future? Of course I would. But is it probable? I don't know.
Why would they trade Eberle for another forward anyways?
I agree with that but I think that Eberle would be an upgrade over both at the moment.
At the end I dont think we have anything to offer for Eberly anyways. We are just not deep enough on defense. But I am always open to be proved wrong.
As I said in a previous post, you always risk killing chemistry when eliminating one player from the equation and adding in another from another team, let's not forgot different conference.
Atm, maybe Eberle is better than GallyB and Eller, but i feel the hole eller would leave would be significant. Who do we have left capable of playing centre?
Briere-Out with concussion and has impressed so far
GallyA-Clearly isn't ready for full time center duties (not the time to deal our 2nd best center in Eller)
DD-no need to comment on him, we all know the issue here
White-4th line grinder, be suicide to have him take over Eller's spot
Pleks-he's our other top6 centre, imo we need him as much if not more than Eller, he can't play both lines.
As much as I like Eberle (I really like the kid), if they're looking for a centre, I think the loss of our 2nd best centre would leave us with a much greater negative impact, than Eberle's positive addition. We'd have a good top 6 winger, but no competent center to play with him.
Why would they want another forward?
They don't really need wingers with the addition of Perron, but they're kind of week down the middle.
They may want to have a back up RNH, the kids amazing, but his small stature often leaves him injured. Picking up Eller would give them a back up plan for when RNH is on the IR. He'd kind of be like Sid's Malkin. If Eller were to join the Oilers, he could very well end up their #1 centre and slide down to 2nd line duties when RNH gains a little more experience.
Even though it would give them a solid 2nd line center or potential 1st line center, I'd expect they wouldn't make that deal an even swap. I'd figure they'd want a draft pick as well, which if we'd be losing Eller, Don't know if I'd want to give up a pick.
I like to dream about acquiring Eberle, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards. With what I'm assuming we'd have to give up, I don't think the deal would make us better, it would probably leave us in a worse position.