My crystal ball had Gagner playing fewer than 40 gms this coming season. After 4 healthy seasons, the injury bug will take a big chunk of his season. Being off balance and slamming into the boards like that, it sure looks as though he's lost the first 3 weeks of the season already.
Gagner has missed 14 games in each of the last 2 seasons, so I wouldn't call them healthy seasons.
Also, has your crystal ball ever made a positive or optimistic prediction?
When the injury occurred, the fall looked awkward and, judging from the look on Gagner's face, painful. Too bad for Gags, if it's weeks or months rather than days that he is out. To me, he looked a little like he was poised to break out this season.
Having two rookies of RNH, Lander's calibre, and two veterans like Belanger, and Horcoff available lessens the blow of potentially losing Gagner for more than a few days. It's nice to have some depth in the org. Finally.