Thread: Rumor: Gagner New Captain?
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08-28-2013, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Aerchon View Post
Honestly I thought Gagner fell apart a bit for the last 15+ games or so.

A bit.

Not terrible but certainly not good.

Looking at his games he had a rather nasty 7 game streak of zero points and a minus 4 during that stretch of hockey where we needed him most. And for some reason he was playing on average 20 minutes a night.

Not exactly the kind of production you want from a "leader" when pushing for a playoff spot.
A couple things wrong with this post. First of all without Gagner carrying the club the first 30 games it isn't in any type of position period. But to blame the same player for lacking "when we needed him most" is odd.

Where we need players to step it up is in defining what type of season its going to be from the outset. Not making some token effort after the club is already eliminated. The games you say were key I say were fairly meaningless realistically speaking.

Finally, lets not forget that the Oilers entire team was shutdown if not shutout in many of those last 15 games. So somewhat odd to blame Gagner for that.

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