Oilers and Gagner working on extension: [UPD: Elected Arbitration]
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06-26-2013, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by
it is not just about the money .. it is about having the right combination. Might as well extend Hemsky for 3 more yrs if we are keeping Gagner.. At this point I would take Stoll @ 4.5M than Gagner at the same price just because it balances out the roster better.
What do you mean by balance? Do you mean size down the middle? Winning FOs? Winning puck battles? All these things can be accomplished or the impact minimized in other ways, where we don't lose a 23 yo play who already has 258 NHL points.
Add a big high FO% 3C. Hell maybe even Stoll, although I'd prefer Laich. Bring in a big winger like Stalberg, Prospal, or Penner to help RNH and Eberle win more puck battles. If Gagner can't revert to the 48% on the draw he accomplished the last full season, then play him with Hall and let Hall recover free pucks on the 55% of draws that Gagner loses. Remember the Hawks just won the cup and apart from Toews who was 53%, none of the other guys who took 180+ draws hit 47.5%. And Chicago isn't a huge bruising team either.
2 Michal Handzus CHI 336 46.4
3 Dave Bolland CHI 200 42.5
4 Marcus Kruger CHI 189 37.6
5 Andrew Shaw CHI 180 47.2
Perhaps FO% isn't the super important stat we think it is.
Originally Posted by
Hall and Eberle have set the pay scale here, Gagner needs to fall in line or get moved. If we're paying him $5 million next season and RNH comes back and has a PPG season, why should he settle for $1 million more? On top of that the more that we throw Gagner's way the less that we'll have to fill other spots on the roster with quality.
It's a 500K difference at most. 500K can be found elsewhere on the team, maybe only go with 13 forwards.
As for RNH and his contract, that's a topic for another thread. But my thought on the matter is that if he hits 80p+ next year he's more likely thinking he should be above the 6M that Hall and Ebs signed for regardless of how much Gagner makes. Because he's comparable to them, not Gags. Maybe they should try to lock him up for 5.5 or something this summer? But again, topic for another thread.
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