Thread: Gagner at 2c
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12-25-2012, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by tiger_80 View Post
Jordan Staal just got traded for a 3rd liner and a 1st round pick.
Wow, you should do PR for the Oilers with spin like that.

Sutter was Carolina's #2C and will now occupy the exact same roster spot that Staal just vacated (does that make Staal a 3rd line C?). That 1st rounder was also a top 10 selection and they added a prospect defenseman too. The other thing you're conveniently leaving out is the situation with Staal's contract. He was a year away from unrestricted free agency and wasn't going to sign an extension. It was also widely speculated that he was probably only a year away from signing with the Hurricanes anyway and that Carolina was possibly the only team he would've signed an extension with. Now I do think that Carolina was able to go out and make a good trade (they gave up a lot, but Staal is absolutely worth it), but that's not a trade that was available to really any other team or one that's going to be available to the Oilers any time soon. Not unless Ryan Getzlaf is Taylor Hall's long lost brother or something.

The fact of the matter is, no, it's not some small thing to aquire an established #2C who is better than Gagner and assuming the Oilers will be able to just pluck one off the ol' top 2 center tree is silly.

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