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01-01-2013, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Bryanbryoil View Post
Would you be willing to roll the dice and move Gagner for grit with skill on the wing or a top 4 veteran defenseman and sink or swim with Arcobello for whatever games would be left in the '12-13 season?

The way that I see it neither would be long term fits here but Gagner would hold more trade value and then hopefully we could draft a center or make some kind of a trade to acquire a 2C that fits better for the Oilers.
1) If there is a new CBA, they should keep Gagner for the rest of the season and see what they've got with him. They could always move him in the off-season; due to his age, his value probably won't get substantially lower even if he has a subpar year. But if he has a solid year, they will be in a better position to move him in the summer, or maybe even decide to keep him, if he gells with the young core.
In the meantime, the team should roll with what they have. If it looks like they can push for a play-off spot, with the abundance of pending free agents on the market, it should not be too hard to acquire a veteran defenseman for a later round pick/lesser prospects at the trade deadline.

2) If they do move Gagner during the summer, there might be some good (stop-gap) centermen on the market come July 1. Capgeek currently lists the following centres as UFA in 2013:

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