I don't see how bringing in Gagner would be a huge upgrade on Connolly and Lombardi for our second-line center, not to mention then there is a logjam making it difficult for Joe Colborne to break into the league for the next few years. And it spells the end for Bozak too.
Doesn't make sense to me, unless one of Bozak, Lombardi or Connolly is going the other way, in which case it would most likely be a bigger deal than a 1-for-1 swap. Haven't seen the kid play enough to pass much judgement on him though.
If it was to replace Connolly, then maybe. But Gagner isn't any more cost effective than Ty Bo or Jumbo Joe. And I don't think he'd be an upgrade in the bottom 6...and Burke & co certainly aren't moving Grabovski to make space for him...
1 for 1 doen't make sense. Maybe if some more bodies are being moved out in a larger deal, then maybe...but I can't even begin to speculate on that.
I could see a decent second-line down the road with Kadri-Gagner-Frattin in several years but by then hopefully before then we are strong enough on the first line to have Grabo and Kulemin on the second.
I dont see a fit, the last thing we need another smallish soft center. I agree Turris would be a better pickup hes got #1 C potential and is younger so has more time to each that potential. With Gagner he might improve a little bit but what you see is what you get.