The two-for-one NHL draft trade

Updated: June 15, 2011, 1:05 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has made his intentions clear: He wants to trade a late-first and early-second round pick to move up in the draft. Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney is seeking the same trade, too.

This "two-for-one" deal is a common swap in the sports world -- especially on draft day. It involves trading two inferior assets for a superior one. But judging the fairness of this type of deal can be tough.

So, if you were a rival GM, would you take the Leafs' offer? How high of a pick would you be willing to give up? This is the classic "quantity vs. quality" conundrum. And the question is whether there is enough quantity to offset the loss in quality.

So, as a thought exercise let's assume Burke approaches us with a trade offer. He'll give us his No. 25 pick and the No. 39 pick in exchange for, say, the No. 10 pick (which is property of the Minnesota Wild.) Should we do it?

Here are four factors to consider:

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