Sam Gagner rumors

Gagner’s long-term status with the Edmonton Oilers is up in the air. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins making the team and centring Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and captain Shawn Horcoff as the No. 2 centre, that means Gagner is No. 3. Do the Oiler want that? I’m not so sure.

I don’t know how Gagner is perceived by other NHL clubs. He puts up points, but there’s a feeling he isn’t a true playmaker as a centre and isn’t a scorer, so he’s hard to fit into a slot. I think he’s a 40-50 point a season player, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Would that fetch a first-rounder if they were to trade him? Probably not, although former Oiler Dustin Penner did, so who really knows?

If the Oilers did move Gagner, I think they would throw a defenceman into the mix to sweeten the pot. The Calgary Flames need a centre, but the Oilers aren’t trading with them. So does the Ottawa Senators, who only have Jason Spezza. The Devils are hurting without Travis Zajac and the Islanders need somebody behind John Tavares, who happens to be Gagner’s buddy. The Oilers have too many forwards; they may also have too many defencemen.

One Response to Sam Gagner rumors

  1. mojo19 says:

    Interesting that Tavares and Gagner are buddies. I didn't know that, but they're both from Oakville so its not crazy to believe.

    Anyway's I really think Sam Gagner is the guy Burke should go after. Here we have a guy who is just 22 and has already completed 4 full season of NHL hockey. In his 4 years in the league he's posted 49, 41, 41, and 42 points. Any time a guy can put up 49 points as an 18 year old you know there is some serious skill and potential there. He's missed 14 games in each of the last two seasons, so overall during his NHL career he has been producing at about a 50 point pace in every season.

    I don't see any reason why Gagner, by the time he reaches his prime (somewhere in the next 2-4 years) can't take that next step up and be a 60-80 point player. I would seriously take a run at him if I were Burke and have another capable center for when Connolly is hurt. He could also be a potential replacement for Connolly when his contract is up at the end of next year. Why put all our eggs in one basket with Colborne? Have some options kicking around!

    #Gagner #Trade

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