Thread: Confirmed with Link: Oilers re-sign Sam Gagner (1yr/$3.2M)
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07-20-2012, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by AUAIOMRN View Post
Ah, the old "magic formula" argument. Or do you simply think we need the perfect player in every position?
It's called common sense. Strength down the middle is almost mandatory in the NHL and that is perhaps the Oilers biggest weakness and likely always will be until the little guy is dealt. Is Gagner all of a sudden going to morph into a strong 2 way center who will line up against the tough matchups and succeed? I would say that is highly unlikely.
If the Oilers had somebody like Getzlaf at center then Gagner would be a fit but on a team filled with top 6 skill and little grit, changes will have to be made if the team is to take the next step.

Originally Posted by Moose Coleman View Post
I don't think one gets 60 points in this league if you don't excel at any other aspect of the game. A 60 point season, BTW, would place Gagner in the top 20 or so in scoring among centres: not exactly chicken feed.
It's not about points, it's about his weakness in other areas. Gagner gets schooled against tougher competition and he is a 5 year veteran now. Outside of his out of this world hot streak, he plays well against teams like Columbus and Colorado who aren't big, strong teams and struggles against most other teams. His offense which is supposed to be a strength is wildly inconsistent and this is with very skilled players surrounding and him getting plenty of PP time.

If the Oilers had a center like Getzlaf to shelter him, i could see a place for him long term but that's simply not the case. It's just a matter of him being a bad fit for this particular team.

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