Oilers and Gagner working on extension: [UPD: Elected Arbitration]
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06-02-2013, 06:45 AM
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He seems like a nice enough guy, has skill, shows heart at times, it's not like this guy is worthless and gutless so he's bound to have fans. That said those that really want him to stay keep saying that his D will get better as will his faceoffs, etc. The bottom line is that RNH is our 1C going forward and we need more size or strength and defense from our 2C. Are you perfectly fine with Gagner being matched up against Kopitar, Thornton, Getzlaf, and Hanzal for 24 games next season and the season after, etc? Are you going to sit there and tell me that when we do make the playoffs that Gagner is going to thrive against teams that are much bigger and stronger when what constitutes a penalty changes? Answer honestly, do you think that we can beat these teams with him as a major part of our team?
I like MacT's idea of moving him to wing next year. Hopefully bringing in that real 2C via draft or trade will help call off the dogs, though it's really a criticism of management's inability to field a competent roster.
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