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04-14-2012, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by SDig14 View Post
Especially in the playoffs.

The playoffs so far this year have been very physical. Gagner loses a lot of puck battles trying to defend in his own end and doesn't cycle that well offensively.

Teams like Philly, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, NYR, etc. will eat us alive if we don't have a centre in our top 6 that can win faceoffs, win puck battles consistently, and not get knocked off the puck so easily.
Bingo. This guy gets it.

Gagner has lots going for him, and he probably will improve, but he just doesn't have any of the things that this team needs. A trade is totally inevitable; he (and now with Yakapov, Hemsky) are the odd men out, and he has decent value (Hemsky @ $5M won't be trade-able for another year).

Also those saying that we would have a hole to fill, and we don't have the pieces to fill it, are correct. I suspect if he is traded, it will be him + something for another top 6 centre, with another team that missed the play-offs, also looking for change. Or maybe they just sign UFA... *throws up a little in mouth*... Jokinen.

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