The Edmonton Oilers have re-obtained forward Sam Gagner.
The trade was foreshadowed in a Cult of Hockey column in this house just around 2 weeks ago.
It is my belief that Gagner initiated the conversation and confirmed fascination in returning to the club that initially drafted him 6th over-all in 2007. I am also produced to have an understanding of that previous teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins served communicate Gagner’s wishes to return “home”, exactly where he has not just organizational ties but also personalized ones (his spouse is from Edmonton). So the in shape in excellent on a pair of fronts.
The Oilers mail F Ryan Spooner to Vancouver in trade. Spooner experienced been enjoying for Bakersfield of the AHL after failing to obtain any traction at all with the father or mother club after his acquisition from New York. It’s unclear if Spooner will go to the NHL club or remain in the AHL. But which is their difficulty now. And his agreement was a person that looked to be un-movable. Spooner experienced absent by waivers unclaimed.
This thought among Edmonton and Vancouver was broached a lot more than 10 days ago. It is my knowledge that the offer declared now is pretty much similar to the a person proposed then. So what has altered that moved Vancouver to act. Effectively, the a person noticeable detail: Peter Chiarelli is no for a longer time in the GM’s chair and Spooner was his man. But which is in all probability not the only issue.
From a wage standpoint, this offer is just about a clean. That is a massive issue in this remaining achievable for cap-crunched Edmonton. Gagner has a calendar year remaining in his offer at $3.15m. Spooner was at $4m, but with the Rangers still retaining $900,000 of that, it is just a marginal improve in expense for Edmonton.
The Ryan Strome for Ryan Spooner trade experienced started to glimpse worse and worse for the business. Is Ryan Strome for Sam Gagner “better”? Effectively, while you may possibly not give Keith Gretzky a “W” for successful this trade, an “S” for salvaging the Spooner transaction may possibly be proper adequate.
It is a realistic adequate guess that Gagner has some juice remaining. He is just 2 many years separated from an 18-32-50 time in Columbus. He is 12-25-37 in 43 games for the Toronto Marlies this time. He was 1-2-3 in a 7 recreation cup of coffee with the Canucks earlier this calendar year. He also provides a standing as a very solid pro who will be good in the home.
Gagner ticks off a couple of boxes for the Oilers: He is a suitable shot, he can enjoy Center or Suitable Wing. And while no a person will mistake him for a Selke prospect, Gagner has a history of remaining effective on the male gain. He’s also “just” 29″. It’s easier to assume that a 12-calendar year NHL veteran may possibly be more mature.
I will not faux to be solely goal on this offer. Sam was long my son’s beloved Oiler again when we attended all of the household games. Brandon has allowed me to reproduce this from his personalized Oilers assortment, in light-weight of today’s news. Sure, he still has the jersey. And Sam was a course act.
To make home for Gagner on the roster, the Oilers have put D Matt Benning on IR. It is envisioned Gagner will be in the Oilers lineup this afternoon on Extensive Island.
Cult of Hockey Game Working day #57
Edmonton Oilers (24-28-5) at N.Y. Islanders (34-17-6)
With the decline in Carolina very last evening, the Oilers put up-time hopes are on lifestyle assist. The Oilers are 7 points again of Minnesota for the 2nd and ultimate Wild Card location in the Western Convention. Edmonton has a recreation in hand. But the process in front of them now is a significant a person: The Islanders are 1st in the Metropolitan, and are 6-2-2 in their very last 10 games. The Oilers are mired in a slump at 1-7-2. The games begins at 5pm MST.
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