Oilers and Gagner working on extension: [UPD: Elected Arbitration]
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06-28-2013, 07:07 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Gagner would be amazing if he were bigger.
Most of his downfalls are due to his size.
What I think is the problem is that Gagner isn't able to balance the two points of weight and speed. It seems when he's in his speedier mode, he's shed weight, but unfortunately this makes him easier to displace from the puck in puck battles and he's not good enough with his stick (yet) to counteract this.
On the other hand, when he puts on muscle/weight to counteract this, he loses his speed, which we've seen in seasons prior when he's done this. It's a tough position for a player like Gagner.
I hope we keep him around, but not if it means ignoring an upgrade for the sake of "he loves Edmonton."
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