Rumors abound in regard to trading Samwise on the Al Gore today. Darren Dreger, who is the de facto Peter Gammons of hockey, suggests that every time Steve Tambellini calls someone about a defenseman that 89′s the man they are after.
I like all of the new Star Trek’s better that the first one. Why? Okay, in the first Star Trek let’s say Kirk, Spock and Skinnini are heading down to the planet Klombo. Here’s a question: guess which one isn’t coming back? Every damn episode.
I think Sam Gagner might be Skinnini. The Oilers have their “no damn way we’re trading him” group and other teams have their “well we’re sure as hell not trading you anything for that!” list of Oilers. In between? What, maybe 6 guys? NHL teams are probably willing to trade for Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth, Tom Gilbert, Ladislav Smid, Andy Sutton, Theo Peckham and Nikolai Khabibulin. That’s my list, your mileage may vary.
The Oilers are probably willing to trade most of those guys depending on return. If Steve Tambellini is trying to:
- make a deadline deal for a puck moving defenseman
- with a team that is either in the playoffs or plans to make a run
- Sam Gagner probably HAS to be part of the package.
I wouldn’t deal Gagner. I don’t think the Oilers know what he is yet, and if there’s one thing Sam Pollock taught us it’s that you trade young men only after you know what they can and cannot do for you. The organization has invested all this time in developing this talent, and trading him at age 22 runs counter to what good teams do with this player type.
I don’t think the Oilers will be able to trade this player for full value at this time. He’s a hard working 22 year old with skill and intelligence. I know he’s not 6.04 and I know he isn’t a speed demon, but there are things he can do for an NHL team.
Otherwise, NHL teams wouldn’t ask after him.