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01-30-2013, 09:35 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Sam Gagner is already the Captain of this team-- BAM|!!!!
He has hit Oilers managment like a Mike Tyson left hand and they are already sleeping and they havent even hit the floor yet.
Instead of celebrating what they have and giving him the C he deserves they are spit-roasting him and pushing him around, trying to pigeonhole a Hall of an Ebbs into that leadership role. Boo-ya, Sammy will lead this team from the second line as he has done so far this year, what we have accomplished so far has been on the back of the 2nd line and the PP. Managment dont want to admit he has 3 dimensional vision like Nuge does because they missed it while they were trying to turn Sam into a robo-player. Thankfully it didnt work and he has managed to find ways to create offense despite the horrible systems he has been forced to work within from an offensive perspective.
Our top 2 players hands down are Gagner and Nuge in that order, until Nuge matures another year or two Sam will lead this team which is why it was a poor idea to not give him the permanent A at least until Nuge steps up - or just hand him the C and force a better player to earn it from him.
It is kind of sucky to watch your own organisation submarine a player who is obviously earning the role of Captain, and that is exactly what is happening here.
Gagner will soon start putting up multiple point nights-- as it is the 2nd PP unit looks better than the first and the 2nd line looks better than the first!!
Managment thinks its a no-brainer to hold the C back for one of the big three draft picks, I think this is a decision they will regret because it gives Gagner a goal, a target to focus on. And to be honest I am sure all of those studs want to earn the letter and they know who is who in the locker room -- the men in the room know who holds power positions on the ice , who the leaders are. Watch Sammy have a 5 point night tonight in Phoenix off a Yakupov hatty to solidify this point , ha ha ha.
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