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07-15-2013, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by glenngineer View Post
While you're spot on with Gagner, Smid is the prize in that deal.
...and he's why Edmonton would turn it down. They recognize that he's their best defensive guy and that to move him would create a serious hole in their blueline. They were already short on defensive folks, and just patched that up with Ference; I don't see them being all that willing to reopen that hole.

Players like Gaustad and Spaling are of the sort where they wouldn't be expecting to trade core blueliners to get 'em.

It also doesn't help that Edmonton's center depth is such that just succinctly removing Gagner is a Bad Idea, but frankly there's so many Edmonton fans that seem to believe in some sort of Manifest Destiny such that they'll get some star #1C to be their #2 eventually and thus be able to trade Gagner that his expendability is an easy mistaken impression to have.

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