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02-05-2012, 11:51 PM
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Eh... I don't think Gagner is on the market so trying to figure out his value and equating it to ppg totals and career projections etc is moot.

The optics of trading him now before the deadline is so bad that fans would want the head of Tambo/Lowe on a stick... even more than they do now.

Stick with figuring out the value of Hemsky... he's the one in the doghouse and will be gone if a decent deal can be made. Lesser roster players like Sutton (who I'd keep) and Peckham (I'd trade) are also trade possibilities as well as Khabi (should go for any semi decent return) if they actually want to address their goalie situation by a trade or UFA acquisition in the off season.

I have a feeling Eager could also be on the move if a decent offer came to the Oilers. I'm mixed on Eager... he hasn't been great but he is a big physical body and has good speed and isn't totally useless with or without the puck but again if a decent offer came along I'd take it.

Next year I'm also hoping the goon experiment on the Oilers ends. Hordichuk is a waste of a roster spot. I liked MacIntyre better than Hordichuk because Smac could at least bust faces when needed.

Hordichuk is a middleweight and really doesn't do anything more in his 4 minutes per game than MacIntyre did. Get a true heavyweight like MacIntyre back or eliminate the whole goon spot on the roster entirely. I'd rather have another energy guy like Hartikainen down there as a 13th forward or a PP specialist like Omark or a PK guy like Petrell instead of a goon sitting in the pressbox for 2/3rds of the season.

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