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08-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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Gagne, at this point in his career, is a role player. He has the ability to be a Kapanen-type of role player and if that's the case, there's nothing wrong with having him in the lineup. Great role players are hard to come by and in most of the cases, they end up doing the dirty jobs nobody wants. The other thing with role players is that they can be had for relatively cheap. In the case of Gagne, I could see 1.5 to 1.7 a year for 30 points and top notch defensive play. That's not bad. As much as this might be a "retread", Gagne would certainly bring more to the table than what a McGinn or Akeson might be able to bring. That's not to diminish either player, but Akeson is not the defensive player that Gagne is and McGinn simply does not possess the skill that Gagne has.

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