SAM GAGNER TO BE NAMED C14

Wanye
August 27 2013 09:26PM

Now many moons ago back in 2009 your ol' pal Wanye tripped over some news at the bottle depot when we found out that Mike Comrie was coming back to the Oilers for a second tour of duty. 

Everyone under the sun called us a liar, a dreamer or worse but history ultimately proved us correct. It seems that even now and again a garbage can gets another steak because we have a second bit of news a mere four years later.

Sam Gagner is going to be named the 14th Captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

THE PROCESS

Apparently when the Oilers trade their Captain - which happens all too often sadly - one of their final duties on the way out the door is to weigh in on who should replace them at the helm of the team. Jason Smith begat Ethan Moreau. Ethan Moreau knighted Shawn Horcoff. And now Horcoff put 89's name in the ring as the man most deserving to be his successor.

Once that occurs the powers that be at the Oilers offices huddle together and discuss the candidate's worthiness. It seems Samwise has passed the mustard with Katz, Lowe, MacT and Eakins and will be named the C14.

THE THINKING

Sam Gagner is one of those guys who mysteriously gets little love from the OilersNation. A mere 9 months older than our beloved Jordan Eberle he already has 6 NHL seasons under his belt and has fared quite well despite what some folks will tell you.

In 414 GP he has potted 91 goals, 167 assists and 258 points including the fabulous 8 point night back in 2012 that caused a bare bummed Travis Dakin to streak down the freezing streets of Fort McMurray much to the delight of the entire internet.

In many games during the past few disappointing seasons Gagner was one of the few Oilers who kept the foot on the gas all the way to the final match of the season, refusing to mail it in on even the meaninglessest of games. And his leadership didn't end there - he was also one of the few Oilers who were willing to face the post game media scrums night after night.

And although the Oilers and Gagner's camp have had trouble reaching a long term contract his three year deal announced on July 22nd was enough certainty to name him the fourteenth Captain in team history.

THE RESULT

With Gagner wearing the C it eliminates the gun fight between Hall, Eberle, Yakupov and The Nuge for ownership of the team. Whose team is it? Effectively this move makes it everyone's team.

And even more so - the team belongs to Sam Gagner as he joins the likes of Gretzky, Messier, Lowe and Weight in the pantheon of legends as the newest Captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

Maybe we are wrong. We highly doubt it. So how you like him now haters?

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#1 evanball
August 27 2013, 09:30PM
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u srs bro?

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#2 rubbertrout
August 27 2013, 09:30PM
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Gags?

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#3 rubbertrout
August 27 2013, 09:30PM
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I figured it would have been Fernuckle.

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#4 Rocket
August 27 2013, 09:31PM
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Bagginses?

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#6 Oil4Life
August 27 2013, 09:33PM
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Thought it was going to be Omark.

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#8 Jay Gray
August 27 2013, 09:33PM
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To be honest, I never really thought of this as a possibility. But it makes sense. I actually think this happens. The point that Wanye made about this becoming everyones team if this happens is bang on. I assumed it would be Hall or maybe even Ference, but now I do believe it's Gags for C14.

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#9 Oil Can
August 27 2013, 09:33PM
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This is Taylor Hall's team and they should give him the "C" that he deserves.

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#10 DSF
August 27 2013, 09:35PM
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Brooke Hogan is at least 3 inches taller than Sammy Snowpants and I've heard (not at the bottle depot) that she can go into the corners and come out with the ?@3#.

Her Dad, Hulk, has been working on crushing skulls for decades, while Sam's Dad, Dave, has been working on making the Canucks into a Stanley Cup winner.

Based on pedigree and size, Brooke would be a better choice for Captain.

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#11 oilerjed
August 27 2013, 09:38PM
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If you are not giving it to Smytty of all the players on the oil right now Sam has probably earned it the most.

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#12 Krusher
August 27 2013, 09:40PM
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1 - dude likes the city, committed 2 - speaks very well, can handle the media 3 - going into year 7, still young but experienced

Most importantly, willing to do what it takes. Any guy that takes on a beast two weight classes above fully knowing his going to take some hard licks (Beauchemin) for the team is tops in my book.

Overall a great choice and a guy who is respected in the dressing room. Anyone who knocks this decision flat out does not understand hockey or the role of a captain.

Congrats Sam

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#13 MSG
August 27 2013, 09:40PM
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This Wanye guy is a hack! Get him outta here! *hehehehehehe. I like it. If this is true, you sir are the new Jim Matheson.

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#14 Archaeologuy
August 27 2013, 09:40PM
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Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod!!!!!!!!

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#15 Doug
August 27 2013, 09:42PM
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I love it! Samwise plays with his heart on his sleeve and is willing to do whatever it takes to win including dropping the gloves.

Sam gets the C.....Hall and Ebs get the A's.

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#16 Maddhouse
August 27 2013, 09:44PM
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I think the move makes perfect sense. Good for Sam if it's true.

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#17 Cheryl074
August 27 2013, 09:44PM
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Yipppeeee!!!!!!!!!!

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#18 YFC Prez
August 27 2013, 09:47PM
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@DSF

In all fairness Brooke Hogan is 3 inches taller than most of us. That's a monster lady! I hope Sam gets it. Did not see that coming , not for one second.

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#19 Krusher
August 27 2013, 09:50PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

In all fairness Brooke Hogan is 3 inches taller than most of us. That's a monster lady! I hope Sam gets it. Did not see that coming , not for one second.

Maybe little Brooke can teach the captain of the Canucks how to fight back?!?

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YFC Prez wrote:

In all fairness Brooke Hogan is 3 inches taller than most of us. That's a monster lady! I hope Sam gets it. Did not see that coming , not for one second.

The Oilers have a long history of appointing mediocre players to be their captain.

Ground Hog Day.

In other news...the TSN Panel has predicted the Olympic roster.

Kunitz-Crosby-Stamkos

Staal-Toews-Nash

Couture-Tavares-Giroux

Sharp-Getzlaf-Carter

Bergeron-St. Louis

No sign of Gagner.

I wonder why?

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#21 Puritania
August 27 2013, 10:00PM
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Wanye is much too silly to have any inside knowledge.

NICE TRY WANYE!

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#22 Dennis
August 27 2013, 10:00PM
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Do we get to hear Kevin Quinn call him thecaptainsamgagner now? If this is true, good on Sam. He takes a lot of crap and never complains about anything, good captain material.

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#24 BigE91
August 27 2013, 10:07PM
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He's been through the lowest of the low with this franchise and never taken a shift off. Works every off season to improve his game. If it is true this is a great selection by the Oilers

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#25 Robin Brownlee
August 27 2013, 10:07PM
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Wanye wrote:

So did I and yet here we are.

While it's embarrassing to have a stumblebum like you get a whiff of something before we trained journalists with press passes and crisp Fedoras do, I hope you're right.

This will be SIUTBOHC at its finest for No. 89 haters who'd rather cut off their own bag with a dull butter knife than give Sam his due. Oh, the whining about it. Oh, the braying and moaning to no end. Captain Sam Gagner. I like it. I like it a lot.

Well done, Wanye. Well done.

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#26 Dan the Man
August 27 2013, 10:13PM
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He doesn't have all-star lips like Taylor Hall. He doesn't have a gap in his teeth as wide as the river valley like Jordan Eberle. He's not as adorable as little baby Nuge and he doesn't have a celly like Yak City. He is however willing to get beat up by guys much larger and tougher than he is. I'm sold, he sounds like captain material to me.

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#27 Robin Brownlee
August 27 2013, 10:14PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

He doesn't have all-star lips like Taylor Hall. He doesn't have a gap in his teeth as wide as the river valley like Jordan Eberle. He's not as adorable as little baby Nuge and he doesn't have a celly like Yak City. He is however willing to get beat up by guys much larger and tougher than he is. I'm sold, he sounds like captain material to me.

Perhaps Bucky gets an A, then?

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August 27 2013, 10:14PM
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I BELIEVE YOU WAYNE!! *voice begins to tremble, single tear trickles down cheek*

I...believe...

Oh and DSF- GET OUT!!!!!! Let's see you score eight points in the NHL in one night!!!!!

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#29 Victor
August 27 2013, 10:16PM
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Anyone else think it's odd that Eakins would pick a new captain without even going to training camp and barely meeting any of the players? I would say that either MacT was lying when he said this was Eakins' decision or this "report" is made up.

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#30 Puritania
August 27 2013, 10:19PM
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Wanye wrote:

Ask yourself this:

IF I WAS MAKING IT UP WOULDNT I SAY EBERLE IS THE NEW CAPPY?

Checkmate

I got your back Wanye. Just a little fun mocking the people who don't take you serious just because you like to have fun in your articles.

That being said, if the site owner ever reads your articles, you are done for!

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Johe wrote:

I BELIEVE YOU WAYNE!! *voice begins to tremble, single tear trickles down cheek*

I...believe...

Oh and DSF- GET OUT!!!!!! Let's see you score eight points in the NHL in one night!!!!!

Or you.

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#32 Dan the Man
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Perhaps Bucky gets an A, then?

Nobody took as many beatings as Bucky, although Ethan Moreau was pretty close.

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#33 John
August 27 2013, 10:25PM
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This is the most ridiculous article I've read all week. Taylor Hall defines everything a captain should be - leader, top scorer, passionate and fan favorite! Gagner is another average player with some leadership qualities. If you look at most NHL teams, the top players are the top leaders. Wake up and smell the freeking coffee

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#34 Travis Dakin
August 27 2013, 10:32PM
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This pleases me.

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#35 Robin Brownlee
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@John

You disagreeing with Gagner being made captain makes the article ridiculous?

Quite the opposite. If Wanye is right and actually has the scoop (especially when naming Gagner captain is anything but predictable) while MSM people being paid to cover the team snooze at the switch, then it's nothing short of brilliant, no?

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#36 Baresnake
August 27 2013, 10:33PM
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Boooooo DSF. BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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#37 dangilitis
August 27 2013, 10:34PM
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DSF - Gagner is a mediocre player? You have said some dumb sh*t over the years, but this has to take the cake as one of the dumbest things you have ever said. Book it.

There is no justification for this comment. Even for someone as stupid as you. Ryan Jones is a mediocre player. Nick Schultz is a mediocre player. You were probably a mediocre beer league player. Gagner is highly skilled and a legitimately drafted top 10 pick, with his career pt totals in his draft year 2nd only to Patrick Kane. Like Hemsky, he has put up a boatload of offence for years with little help and a revolving door of coaches. When he tried to commit more to defence, remember the year he ... wait for it, dipsh*t... scored 8 points in a single game, he was the Oilers best center in terms of scoring chance differential (as per EJ tallies). And like Hemsky he had to hear critiques from MSM and d*ckheads like you who think they know something about hockey.

Hall would be my choice as captain by a fair margin, but Gagner still becomes the most skilled captain the team has seen in 12 years. I can live with that. If you define mediocre as not making the canadian olympic roster (even a TSN concocted one), then I am without speech.

Gagner is mediocre? Really, or are you getting bored that you haven't had any attacks at your character in the last few days? Well you get your wish so get your rocks off on this post for now. But I am not even going to try and justify my response any further because you must have smoked too much crack or sniffed too much glue or something tonight. Wanye, please call this man a cab and send him the f*ck out of here.

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#38 toprightcorner
August 27 2013, 10:34PM
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I think Gagner would make a great captain but I do not think it will happen. Samwise is still possible trade bait for a big centre, big winger or possibly a top pairing dman in the next couple years. You need to select a captain than you also think will be with the team for a long time, not potentially only a couple years.

Gagner, at this point, is more likely to be traded before Hall, Eberle, Nuge, and Yak, not that all of these should be considered for captain but that is 4 of the current top 6 less likely to get traded ahead of Gagner.

If they are seriously considering Gagner, then they should wait a year and see who take the reins of the team throughout the season.

No rush for picking a captain.

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#39 Puritania
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Baresnake wrote:

Boooooo DSF. BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Props! Props! Props!

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#40 David S
August 27 2013, 10:35PM
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http://youtu.be/MT7gvsOJMI4

Gagner IS god!

*drops mic*

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#41 Johe
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@DSF

I acknowledge I cannot score eight points in the NHL. For one thing, I play goalie, so...

But in all seriousness, I'm not the one who constantly rips on Gagner. You are. I recognize that he's a good 2C who has yet to enter his prime. The best is yet ahead, and to go along with excellent offensive instincts he is an absolute standup teammate (something the Oilers haven't had enough of in recent years) and has the passion and fight you want from a leader. If Sam is the next captain, (60 % of the time, Wayne is right all the time) then he has my full support. Good for you Sam.

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#42 Pouzar99
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The C does not necessarily go to the best player, but to the person who best exhibits leadership qualities on and off the ice, demonstrates maturity and can handle the not-to-be-underestimated duties of dealing with the media, the head coach and the on-ice officials. I don't know if Wanye has this right but Gagner certainly appears to possess all the qualifications. Beyond that I cannot say because from my seat at Rexall and the one in front of my big screen TV I can't see inside the room and do not know the players personally.

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#43 Dave
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I hope that Sam elevates his game to warrant the C. The captain needs to show leadership on the ice by his strong offensive and defensive play.

Perhaps this vote of confidence will give him more confidence on the ice as well.

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#44 Lochenzo
August 27 2013, 10:42PM
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Sam has no shortage of experience in dealing with the ire of Oiler fans. Whoever wears the C is going to have to deal with it. This is still a young team and there will be moments when the captain will have to answer the tough questions and have an entire city critique his answers.

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#45 The Soup Fascist
August 27 2013, 10:48PM
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Woodward, Bernstein, now Wanye?

Just who is YOUR "Deepthroat", Wanye?

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#46 DSF
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dangilitis wrote:

DSF - Gagner is a mediocre player? You have said some dumb sh*t over the years, but this has to take the cake as one of the dumbest things you have ever said. Book it.

There is no justification for this comment. Even for someone as stupid as you. Ryan Jones is a mediocre player. Nick Schultz is a mediocre player. You were probably a mediocre beer league player. Gagner is highly skilled and a legitimately drafted top 10 pick, with his career pt totals in his draft year 2nd only to Patrick Kane. Like Hemsky, he has put up a boatload of offence for years with little help and a revolving door of coaches. When he tried to commit more to defence, remember the year he ... wait for it, dipsh*t... scored 8 points in a single game, he was the Oilers best center in terms of scoring chance differential (as per EJ tallies). And like Hemsky he had to hear critiques from MSM and d*ckheads like you who think they know something about hockey.

Hall would be my choice as captain by a fair margin, but Gagner still becomes the most skilled captain the team has seen in 12 years. I can live with that. If you define mediocre as not making the canadian olympic roster (even a TSN concocted one), then I am without speech.

Gagner is mediocre? Really, or are you getting bored that you haven't had any attacks at your character in the last few days? Well you get your wish so get your rocks off on this post for now. But I am not even going to try and justify my response any further because you must have smoked too much crack or sniffed too much glue or something tonight. Wanye, please call this man a cab and send him the f*ck out of here.

Gagner is a mediocre player.

His point totals have been inflated by how desperate the Oilers were to sell tickets.

Logan Couture, Jakub Voracek, Max Pacioretty, David Perron, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jamie Benn and PK Subban, who were all selected after Gagner, are much better hockey players.

If Gagner, after all this time in the league isn't on the Team Canada radar, he isn't much.

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Robin Brownlee wrote:

While it's embarrassing to have a stumblebum like you get a whiff of something before we trained journalists with press passes and crisp Fedoras do, I hope you're right.

This will be SIUTBOHC at its finest for No. 89 haters who'd rather cut off their own bag with a dull butter knife than give Sam his due. Oh, the whining about it. Oh, the braying and moaning to no end. Captain Sam Gagner. I like it. I like it a lot.

Well done, Wanye. Well done.

While I like Gagner, he is a supporting cast. This organization needs to name one of their best players (Hall) as captain. Giving the "C" to Gagner would be like giving it to Staal (when he was with the Penguins) over Crosby.

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#48 toprightcorner
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John wrote:

This is the most ridiculous article I've read all week. Taylor Hall defines everything a captain should be - leader, top scorer, passionate and fan favorite! Gagner is another average player with some leadership qualities. If you look at most NHL teams, the top players are the top leaders. Wake up and smell the freeking coffee

so you think fan favourite and leading scorer make up 66% of what it takes to be a great leader? Gimmie a break.

So I guess Vanek, Gaborik, Flieschmen, Kessel and Ribero, Camalerri, Vrbata, Stewart, Pacioretty, and Parenteau should be considered captain material? Not a chance.

If the best leader on the team is a defenceman that scores 2 goals a year, then he should be your captain.

I don't disagree that Hall could be a great captain, but your logic is very flawed

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#49 David S
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DSF wrote:

Gagner is a mediocre player.

His point totals have been inflated by how desperate the Oilers were to sell tickets.

Logan Couture, Jakub Voracek, Max Pacioretty, David Perron, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jamie Benn and PK Subban, who were all selected after Gagner, are much better hockey players.

If Gagner, after all this time in the league isn't on the Team Canada radar, he isn't much.

Sorry man. All the justification you can bring to the table is negated by one simple fact.

No "mediocre" player EVER scored 8 points in a single game in the NHL.

None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

Certainly there are better players than Sam. But he's definitely not mediocre.

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#50 K_Mart
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Gagner for boss man?

One does not simply score 8 pts in 1 night young Bagginses.

As long as he doesn't throw his (Stanley cup championship) ring into the fires of mount doom I'm happy with it.

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