Good commentary on Gagner by Elliotte Friedman / Paajarvi Recalled

By , February 7, 2012 12:08 pm

From Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts:


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.

2 Responses to “Good commentary on Gagner by Elliotte Friedman / Paajarvi Recalled”

  1. Racki says:

    I especially love point 13. Pretty funny stuff.

  2. oilinblood says:

    if gags brings his lunch box game nightly than i dont have any problem with him staying. not every game is going to be played so sloppily on the defensive side as was the case versus chicago and detroit. if we play rush games all year we can beat anyone and gags can end up with 200 points but its not gonna happen. the issues with gags is that he only does that for short periods. he needs to be able to play a hard game every night against the tightest defenses. go to the net, get in scraps, get your teeth knocked out, get up and do it again. if he is prepared for that than it wont matter the style we need to play to win or the body frame size he has.. he will acheive. ive liked him on the wing and im ok with keeping him if he brings his lunch box for the 70 of 82 games that are played with defense and physicality in mind.
    personally this is the first season where i have given up hope for horcoff. out of that shadow of utter dissapointment about horcoff i cant really see anything negative of anyone else. right now i am a less manic and less hateful horcoff basher. Really i can see his presence on the ice as a big big detriment. He is horrific. So i cant even notice anything bad about anyone else… horcoff is so bad everyone else looks like gretzky.

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