Nik Hagman (Calgary)
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02-21-2011, 12:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
OP, Let me ask you this question - hypothetically speaking, let's say Hagman becomes a UFA this summer.
If on UFA day, Hagman was interested in coming to the Oilers but only for a $3 million one year contract - would you sign him?
I wouldn't. Not because he isn't a good player, but because there's no room on the wings for him in the top 9 and Hagman doesn't fill a need.
- a shutdown centreman who can win faceoffs.
- top four veteran defender who can shutdown the opposition.
- a pp quarterback to replace Foster.
Hagman doesn't do any of the above. On the wings, he'd be competing with Hemsky, Penner, Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, Omark, Brule, Jones. Hemsky, Penner and Hall are frankly better than Hagman and I would rather give development and game time to young future scorers like Eberle, Paajarvi, and Omark. Hagman versus Brule or Jones? Maybe if we trade one of those two by the deadline, I could see Hagman replacing them, but I would also be up for giving a prospect an opportunity like Hartikainen, O'Marra or Colin Macdonald.
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