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01-29-2013, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: London, ON
Have a lot of respect for Gagner and think he has a long career in the league. But for what he does and doesn't bring, I see him as more of a luxury than a necessity.
And in a cap league with the embarrassment of riches the Oilers have for top-end talent, they'll need to strategically balance need against luxury.
A small-ish centre who can put up .7-.8 PPG on the second line with reasonable defensive abilities, and slightly weaker than average faceoffs? Or a larger centre who might put up a little bit less in terms of points but play more physical, win more draws, win more battles on the boards, and be able to face another team's top opposition and outchance them? Or a #3 two-way, minute-eating, capable of playing in all situations d-man?
The latter two are far more important to this team moving forward, and they're likely in the same price point that Gagner will be if he has either an average or above average year by comparison to his historical abilities.
If the Oilers could leverage Gagner and a secondary prospect and/or 2nd/3rd round pick for Ryan O'Reilly, I'd be over the moon. Just as an example.
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