Thread: Rumor: Gagner New Captain?
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09-03-2013, 07:35 PM
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I wasn't referencing that. I'm just saying game ready shape. I'll be straight up here. Eberle is the worst for it. But I don't know that either RNH or Hall have been in peak condition and using best possible work out regimen either. Krueger hinted at it last year and singled Gagner for praise multiple times and using him as an example in so many words of what the club wanted the core players to be doing. Why would a club be stating that unless there WAS an issue?

ALL of our top picks need to be playing better, even including Hall. These are top draftpicks in the world playing together. They should fairly quickly be owning. They weren't even owning the AHL for the first month last year as they worked their way into shape. I would imagine the org thinks this isn't enough and expects more. I would say that the best players in the world should motivate to be the best. A tad bit of resting on laurels has gone on. Theres 3 forwards on this club that are obviously more talented than Gagner. But so far only one of them, Hall, is showing the same tenacity.
If Hall wasn't in optimum shape it probably had more to do with his shoulder surgery preventing him from training than a slacked training regime. This will be the first real healthy summer that he's had as a pro and I think he will take another massive step forward as a player next year.

Now onto the topic at hand I don't think Gagner would be a bad choice but I think I'd rather give it to Hall as it really is his team. If Hall isn't ready than I wouldn't be opposed to Ference taking it in the interim.

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