A rumor from the big Smoke on the weekend had the Oilers and Leafs talking about Sam Gagner, with all kinds of names apparently coming back. The rumor wasn’t just the internet rolling either, there was an msm report.
Rimer is the fellow what had the ‘Oilers dismiss Krueger’ item out there in advance of the stampede, so would have to be considered a reasonable source for actual information. However, Bob Stauffer tweeted later in the day that he expects the Oilers to sign him to a multi-year deal in short order. Gagner himself seems to be speaking about being a part of the team next season.
- Gagner: “There’s been a lot of change since I’ve been there, and it just makes it that much more hungry to turn things around. That’s the exciting part, from my perspective. I’ve been through all of this and now we have a chance with the group we have to move forward.”
So, we wait. In discussing Gagner’s contract, most of us have settled in at about $4.5M a year times 4-6 years, but it might cost a little more to get him based on some recent contracts. We’ll see, I’m hopeful they get it done.
ESTIMATED DEPTH CHART WITH GAGNER SIGNED
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One final thing: this Gagner contract shouldn’t be an issue this season. If Steve Tambellini had been on the ball the long term contract at under $5M a year would be in place now and it would be one less thing on the table. It’s galling, has been since it didn’t happen a year ago, and ‘didn’t happen a year ago’ will be associated with the ST era for a long damn time.
Why didn’t they sign him long term a year ago?
- Rick Olczyk:“Consistency is something he wants to improve on and it’s something we’d like to see. We saw glimpses of it last year and he had several stretches where he was really hot, but we want him to be more productive throughout the season. I think he’s capable of doing that and I know he knows he’s capable of doing that. We’re anxious to see him accomplish it.”
Now? The Oilers can see glimpses of several million more dollars leaving their wallets on a long term deal, as the ‘inconsistent’ Gagner enjoyed the best offensive season of his career, owns arb rights that could make him a free agent one year from now, and earned the respect of his teammates to the point the new GM has made signing him a priority.
If Steve Tambellini were still here, we could send him a list of guys who should never reach the point where they own the player hammers. Nuge, Yak, J Schultz and when his contract is up again Taylor Hall. Craig MacTavish is going to spend the summer cleaning up Steve Tambellini’s mess, and Sam Gagner’s contract will be one of the most expensive.
I’m off today, my good friend Jeff Krushell will be guest host. Please tune him in, the guy is wicked smart and a fun listen.