Leafs looking at Gagner?

According to Damien Cox the Leafs are sniffing around about Oilers center Sam Gagner. The fact the two could be talking trade makes sense on a few levels. The Leafs are heavy on defenseman and the Oilers have some depth at center with Gagner on the IR, Brule in the AHL, and the starting line up of Horcoff, Belanger, Lander, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (not in any particular order).

Cox suggests the Leafs are looking to move Carl Gunnarsson but Cody Franson isn’t in the opening day roster for the Maple Leafs. Franson is a legit defenseman in the NHL, previously playing for the Nashville Predators behind Weber and Suter, potentially topping out at 35 points. This should be the target for the Oilers. Franson answers a critical need for the Oilers blue line, a capable top 4 minute cruncher.

The Team1260 insider Doug MacLean stated to Dustin Nielson that (to paraphrase) he had be asked by Toronto management types about Sam Gagner. Take it for what it is worth.


20 Responses to Leafs looking at Gagner?

  1. mapleleafsfan says:

    As most leafs fans have said already Gagner is not interesting at all.. We have enough 2nd line centers (if gagner is even that)… The kid's talented but he's not ever gonna be a legitimate first line center. 

  2. LeafsFTW17 says:

    To EDM:  Franson

    To TOR:  MPS

    ???

  3. alpalstewart says:

    so you,ve given up on a 22 yr old kid eh, Gags still has tons of potential. could be like numerous others that have taken awhile to get the big game, like Marc Savard,Joe Thornton etc. you get the idea. i'm an Oiler guy all the way and i gotta say how many players have you heard of considered a 4 year veteran at 22 years old. he is a 40-50 point guy the past 4 seasons but is it outa the question to think he becomes a 60-70 point guy at anytime now during his career, NO its not. i dont know bout you but 60-70 point guys as a 1st line center are rare, so i believe yes he has the potential to center the leafs 1st line. Sorry dude i had to Stick up for my man Sammy lol

  4. alpalstewart says:

    if gagner left and turned into martin st. louis, i would be devastated

  5. alpalstewart says:

     he is a 40-50 point guy the past 4 seasons* sorry error its the past 3 this is his 4th year.

  6. alpalstewart says:

    start thinking guys like schenn if you want MPS from us, lol

  7. alpalstewart says:

    lmao i'm listening to some1 tell me i made an error so i apolagize for it. only to find out i was right the first time, this will be gagners 5th season, at 22 years old thats pretty awesome.

  8. leafmeister says:

    If the price is right I say go for it. Something like this:

    Carl Gunnarsson, Tyler Bozak to EDM for Sam Gagner, 2013 2nd

    The reason I want Gagner is because Connolly is going to be injured. That is a guarantee, and I am not comfortable, at all, with Tyler Bozak filling in on the top line.

    When Connolly is healthy;

    MacArthur – Grabo – Kulemin
    Lupul – Connolly – Kessel
    Gagner – Lombardi – Kadri
    Brown – Steckel – Armstrong

    When he is injured:

    MacArthur – Grabovski – Kessel
    Lupul – Gagner – Kessel
    Frattin – Lombardi – Kadri
    Brown – Steckel – Armstrong

    In each instance, you have 3 lines that can put up offense, and a hell of a grinder line.

  9. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Sorry to point this out but you mean

    MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin
    Lupul-Gagner-Kessel
    Frattin-Lombardi-Kadri
    Brown-Steckel-Armstrong

  10. leafmeister says:

    Aint that what I put?

  11. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Sorry to point this out but you mean

    MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin
    Lupul-Gagner-Kessel
    Frattin-Lombardi-Kadri
    Brown-Steckel-Armstrong

  12. thisgamewelose says:

    I don't know if you'll get a 2nd coming back from Edm.  Maybe a prospect or a 3rd at best, I would think.  I don't know how much stock Bozak has right now. 

  13. leafmeister says:

    Ah true. *****ed that up. Yeah your right.

  14. JoelLeafs says:

    heh, bad time for a double post… Shit happens.

  15. JoelLeafs says:

    Bozak for Hall?

  16. JoelLeafs says:

    autoconversation. Funny, but I get where you're coming from. I have to agree with the above post, though: Leafs have too many young centers with potential that 'could' become first line 60-70 points guys.. They won't get the chance if Wilson has to juggle 3 good-but-not-great centers for ice-time. 

    How bout Connoly for Gange straight up? lols, kidding…
  17. MystifoLeafs says:

    No interest in Gagner atm the only players on Edmonton I want to see in a leafs uniform is..

    – Eberle
    – MPS
    I consider them the top 2 players for Edmonton and Gunnar or Franson is not enough return for them. 
  18. alpalstewart says:

    you agree that he will never be a legit 1st line center, or that the leafs cant use him. you seem smart so i'm gonna guess you meant the leafs cant use him. cause i think gags will be a legit 1st line guy. even if it takes a few years like marc savard, i think he has pretty much the same tools as savard but gags needs to work on his strength.

  19. wayne2 says:

    Sounds like a fair deal for both teams.

  20. senators_choke says:

    Agreed.

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