Originally Posted by BlackGold
How is Gagner a spare part? We don't have a 2nd line center ready to fill that role anywhere in the organization. Unless we sign say... Daymond Langkow to come fill it?
I only meant that Gagner is the least valuable of Eberle, RNH, Hall, Yakupov in terms of offensive production, therefore the one I'd be least likely to miss if traded. Honestly, I love the kid, but I'm not sure he has big offensive upside, nor do I think with those 4 young guns ahead of him, the Oilers actually NEED Gagner in the longer term.
Horcoff could potentially fill-in on the second line, he has played with Hemsky in the past, but wouldn't it be a hoot if they put an offer sheet out for Ryan O'Reilly. The Avs already have Stastny and Duchene at C and might honestly prefer to reap a package of high draft picks from a potential lottery team like Edmonton! Roll the dice...come on lucky 7...
Still wouldn't address the defensive issues, but at least O'Reilly has a defensive conscience.