13. After his eight-point night, all we heard about Sam Gagner was he is too small and can’t skate. Good thing for Chicago, otherwise he might have scored 15.
14. In all seriousness, one of the biggest problems with guys like Gagner is people focus solely on what he can’t do or isn’t, as opposed to what he can do or is. Generally, I agree that one night shouldn’t change a team’s opinion of someone, but an evening like that should at least make you pause. If you put him with good players, he can make things happen. That kind of skill is not easy to find.
15. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is kind of similar. He’s a good fit for John Tavares and clearly is happy. When the two are together, good things happen for the Islanders. Kind of surprised they haven’t extended him yet, because he could be a good complimentary piece in a lot of places.
16. Remember: any extensions for Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle wouldn’t take effect until 2013-14. So, if you don’t get the deal you want for Gagner, you can handle another season at a bigger number. The one word that should scare the Oilers: arbitration. Gagner’s agency hired a very smart guy (Danny Tolensky), who constantly throws out stats on his Twitter feed that arbitrators love. (Example: “In the last 25 games Gagner has had a point on 42 per cent of Edmonton’s goals and has been on the ice for 57 per cent” or “200 career points for Gagner. Only Kane has more pts from the 2007 draft. Next on the list has 162 pts, only seven in total are over 100.”)
Also, Magnus Paajarvi has been recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons to replace Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who is expected to be out for 7-10 days. I would expect to see him on the second line with Horcoff and Hemsky.