Unofficial Rumor & Proposal Thread | Need Defence: Part VI
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05-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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In regards to Gagner having no intangibles, what does Wellwood, Bozak, Hodgson, Brassard, S. Koivu, Nielsen, Johanssen really have that gagner doesn't? Hodgson age, Koivu leadership, Bozak probably has two-way skill, but he'll be a 35 point center next year.
I think you answered you own question though. None of those guys made the playoffs last year. A guy like Saku Koivu has some history too he had seasons of 70+ points I think 4 or 5 times in his career.
When I talk about intangibles I am talking about these guys that are big and really hard to play against. Martin Hanzal is really difficult to play against because of his size and strength. He probably will never ever score more points then Gagner but he is a more effective player for his team and would be for the Oilers as well.
Mike Richards isn't a giant like Hanzal but he plays with that edge that other players have to be wary off. Gagner could never play like that. That is not to see that Gagner is a pansy but he just isn't that type of player.
If RNH is lining up against these guys and it looks like he will be seeing a whole lot of the Hanzal's,Kesler's,Berglunds and Richards of the future. Can the Oilers then counter with Gagner lining up against the Sedins or Iginlas or Kopitars of the west? We didn't do that last year and I doubt that is going to happen this year either.
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