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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#101 skinny65
August 28 2013, 01:19AM
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Or is it the converse? Are you saying Oilers management is going to want to get rid of hall now? Cause that is even more ludicrous of an idea. The entire team is built around him and they all know he is the key to everything. Just because they dont want to give him the day to day pressure of the C, it doesn't mean they dont recognize that he is the golden child. Either way you look at it, your entire comment made about as much sense as barf.

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#102 Eulers
August 28 2013, 08:37AM
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GANYE!! GANYE!! GANYE!!

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#103 Aitch
August 28 2013, 09:54AM
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Hey Wanye... did you know that Squeee is now officially a word. It's been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. I assume you had a large part to play in this.

http://www.inquisitr.com/924837/twerk-selfie-squee-others-get-added-to-oxford-dictionary/

In other news, it must be August because people are way too riled up over a rumour of a captaincy.

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#104 ed in london
August 28 2013, 10:02AM
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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.

So you seem to be saying the Gagner is in the top 10 or so players drafted in his year. So are you a closet fan?

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#105 Stewzy
August 28 2013, 10:16AM
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No way in hell Gags gets the "C" before Hall. No wayyyyyyyyyy BRO!

They want to hand the leadership of the team to the young franchise players. Gags is going to be traded in the last year or even this year of his contract. Lets be real....

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#106 Skoobz
August 28 2013, 10:16AM
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@ed in london

Voracek isn't even close to being better than Gagner. Pacioretty is equivalent. Couture and Benn ARE better. Shattenkirk and PK are apples to oranges.

But Voracek?? Jeez.

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#107 2004Z06
August 28 2013, 10:32AM
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seanjohn wrote:

I'm actually OK with it. While, it is a bit surprising, if you think about it, it shouldn't be. He is the oldest and most experienced of the young core. He certainly has leadership qualities and cares as much as anyone.

Gag C Hall A Ebs A

what's wrong with that? mark me down.

This! Hall has already stated publically he doesn't care if he gets the C or not. It will not change how he leads by example on the ice.

He will get his turn at the table. Gagner has earned it.

Why is everyone so eager to anoint Hall as the saviour returned so soon?

All any of these guys have done thus far is lead this team to the bottom 1/4 of the league year after year.

Why don't we wait until we make the playoffs before casting another bronze statue?

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#108 2004Z06
August 28 2013, 10:35AM
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Stewzy wrote:

ANNNNNDDD

Who gives a flying F what Horcoff thinks...

It's called respect. Look it up!

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#109 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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#110 Death Metal Nightmare
August 28 2013, 05:40AM
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the rationalization to give Gagner the C in this article is beyond stupid.

you guys are starting to become self-absorbed into your own fish bowl of players because of a couple drafts and AS F***ING USUAL you throw players into the roles they CANNOT HANDLE (give Horcoff 5 mil and throw a C on his jersey to blast his Hands of Stone around for a few years. then HURRY UP TO GET THE HELL RID OF HIM WHEN THE LOVE AFFAIR IS OVER) because the team is always two steps behind in overall talent.

"Well, the roster is still atrocious but we have a few kids with skill. better give the C to one of the kids who is a SKILL PLAYER THAT CANNOT GENERATE HIS OWN OFFENSE CONSISTENTLY BECAUSE HE IS NOT FAST ENOUGH, STRONG ENOUGH OR TALENTED ENOUGH. HE ONCE TRIED TO FIGHT A GUY WITH THE CAVEAT OF PENNER CRUSHING THE GUY IF HE WENT HARD WITH LIL SAM BOY. YOU ARE HEART AND SOUL YOUNG MAN. LEAD US NOWHERE WHILE WE WASTE TIME."

this is a total RUDY play. Joe Montana ripped that fantasy to shreds on Jim Rome. time to step out of the fish bowl fantasy, Edmonton.

F-

Give the C to Hall, you morons sitting in offices trying to act overly Fancy about Hockey.

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#111 Spydyr
August 28 2013, 06:27AM
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Sam reflects the current edition of the Oilers perfectly. He can't play defense, does not know how to play without the puck. Intimidates no one and is very easy to play against.

So all in all a nice fit

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#112 Mike
August 28 2013, 08:36AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Have you heard off the ice issues with Taylor Hall?!?!? The reason Hall isn't the Captain is the same reason Patrick Kane isn't. Signing "F$%K off" jersey means he has some growing up to do. Gagner has gone through it and learned from it (remember the charging for autograph scandal?) Gagner is all class now

This story is obviously BS. Hall has a rep for not being as classy as say Ebs or RNH, but lets not believe everything you read on the internet. (By the way, did you hear Obama is having an affair with some blonde? It must be true!).

Gagner becoming captain of the team doesn't really mean anything to other players on the team. I highly doubt Hall, Eberle, Nuge or Yak really care whether they are named captain or not. They have enough pressure to deal with already.

This is likely just a decision made by management because Gagner has shown he can take the heat in the past. He is probably our most talented captain since Doug Weight. Since then, I don't think being the Oilers' captain has meant anything more than a player who fills the role is a leader in the locker room and a PR rep to the media.

Gagner is good. Hes not the most talented player on the team, but he is good. He gives it 100% every night. He makes a few mistakes, but he also makes a lot of great plays. He had a great year last year, and I think he'll be even better this year. Best of luck to him as captain.

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#113 They're $hittie
August 28 2013, 10:14AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I have been an Oiler fan since the WHA.

You know what is magical to me. Another Cup. Not a freak occurrence in a nothing game. A game in which the other team clearly quit trying.

Some folks that were not around for the Cup years don't understand what winning is and what it takes to win. Seven years outside the playoffs is tough to swallow. Yeah, I'm jaded only because I have witnessed greatness in the Oilers and now all I see is mistake after mistake.

There is a big difference in the game in the 80's (yes I was around and remember them) but there was only 21 teams and statistically the odds of winning the cup were easier back than. Also every year a team wins the cup. Not every year especially in todays era does someone score 8 points.

The thing that makes it even better was the timing of it, and the fact that it wasnt hall or eberle.

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#114 Big Cap
August 28 2013, 10:39AM
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@2004Z06

I'm not dead set against Gagner being our Captain, but I strongly believe Hall is a better choice.

You say that "Gagner has earned it"... What exactly has he done to earn it??

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#115 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
August 28 2013, 11:03AM
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Wanye wrote:

EVERYONE IS YELLING

SHOWER ME WITH TRASHES

HOW ABOUT I YELL AND GIVE YOU A PROPS AND ZERO TRASHES! HOW YOU LIKE DEM APPLES!!!

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#116 Big Cap
August 28 2013, 11:50AM
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@They're $hittie

Gagner does give it all on the ice, I agree. But to what impact on every shift does he make? (Cue the stats guys)

There is probably less than 5 current players in the league who wear the C and are not the best players on the team. Those players however would then in turn bring a very strong and different skill to compensate for that.

Hall has been here for 3 years, he's not Freshed faced or a rookie or new to the Oilers. He too has put his time in. IMO, he has accomplished more in 3 years than Gagner in 6.

We have had Captains over the years who are great team players and leaders, but lack high end skill. I believe most recently Doug Weight would be the best example as a Hybrid who brings both high end skill and great leadership. He was an All Star and Olympian while leading his team in scoring and always leading by example on and off the ice. I don't see many Olympics, or All Star or leading our team in points for 89

I do think he is a valuable player for us, just not a game breaker and future super star like Hall is.

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#117 DieHard
August 28 2013, 02:05PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I have been an Oiler fan since the WHA.

You know what is magical to me. Another Cup. Not a freak occurrence in a nothing game. A game in which the other team clearly quit trying.

Some folks that were not around for the Cup years don't understand what winning is and what it takes to win. Seven years outside the playoffs is tough to swallow. Yeah, I'm jaded only because I have witnessed greatness in the Oilers and now all I see is mistake after mistake.

Ditto

50 in 39 was magical.

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#118 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
August 28 2013, 02:31PM
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Just curious....if we can collectively think of another team in the NHL where Gagner would/should be Captain?

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#119 gcw_rocks
August 28 2013, 03:13PM
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I am not sure why they would name Gagner captain at this time. There is a new head coach and a new associate coach (or whatever Acton is) and neither of them know the room yet. They literally cannot have observed Gagner in a locker room or anywhere else with a full team. Why rush into this? Why not give out a bunch of “A”s and give Eakins a couple of months to observe the room and then name a captain?

I guess the answer is obvious. Eakins, like those coaches that came before him, don’t get to pick their own assistants, don’t get to pick their own captains, and probably need a note from Lowe to go to the bathroom.

Sigh.

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#120 Wäx Män Riley
August 28 2013, 03:18PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Just curious....if we can collectively think of another team in the NHL where Gagner would/should be Captain?

What other team has he spent his entire 6-year career with?

You can't ask that question there is no way to answer it.

I will say if Sam did spend his 6 years with another team, he could be captain of any of them except maybe Pitts.

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#121 Oiler Al
August 28 2013, 04:11PM
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Horcoff,Smith, and Moreau weren't the best players on the ice, and were Captain.s

Gagner has 6 years on ice and Hall has 3 years.

Hall need some maturing,, which I am sure will come after six years. Who knows he may not want the C at this point in his career.

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#122 They're $hittie
August 28 2013, 06:26PM
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Eakins had better have a large say in who captains the ship and I don't see how he could do that without steering the team through a training camp.

As I've mentioned in other posts, I think that a player such as Andrew Ference is a much better choice. Not that Sam is a pushover, but Ference is from a different league as far as knowing what it takes to reach elite level. He's been playing there for a few years now and is a perfect mentor to liaison between the coach and the kids.

Would you respect him if you were Gagner?

What does Sam have to tell Ference about winning?

Nobody does everything themselves. If Gagner is Captain it isn't about him telling Ference about winning, it is about using his alternate captain Ference to teach others about winning. It is about using his other alternate captain Hall to show what it takes on the ice. It is about Gagner telling the younger players his experiences as a young buck and how he can help them on ice an in life from the hiccups he had to go through. It is about using the best of everyone on the team to form a cohesive unit. It is about taking the responsibility on himself even if it means less production and smaller paydays to make the team better because he is taking on a different roll and allowing hall, nuge and yak to be the offence.

Remember the video of Gagner, Cogliano and Gilbert in the house. Gagner did not have a clue about living on his own. Cogliano two years older was a little wiser. This applies to the NHL also. You dont need to be the best to know what you are doing. Some players just have more skill than you. But you can have more experience and better leadership traits and not be the best.

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#123 Rindog
August 27 2013, 10:52PM
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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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#124 Craig1981
August 27 2013, 11:56PM
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Oil Can wrote:

This is Taylor Hall's team and they should give him the "C" that he deserves.

Have you heard off the ice issues with Taylor Hall?!?!? The reason Hall isn't the Captain is the same reason Patrick Kane isn't. Signing "F$%K off" jersey means he has some growing up to do. Gagner has gone through it and learned from it (remember the charging for autograph scandal?) Gagner is all class now

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#125 Bushed
August 28 2013, 12:06AM
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Taylor Hall has wanted to lead this team from the day he was drafted, and has shown it consistently by leaving it all out on the ice every shift.

On the other hand, as a PR guy, Sam is more experienced and a more polished speaker. He has also shown signs of leadership in welcoming new players etc. (good in the dressing room). MacT also bought into the "Oiler for life" stuff from Sam's agent during recent contract talks. But is he the right choice?

Toews to me is a great example of a team captain. Who reminds you more of Toews on the ice--Hall or Sam?

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#126 Serious Gord
August 28 2013, 12:50AM
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DrDave wrote:

Everyone seems to forget Nuge is coming back from a relatively serious injury and if he isnt ready or even if he is (and not back to 100% Nugeiness) Sam may be our #1 C for some time this year. The kid is a stud and he is all heart! I can see the Jordan Staal / Crosby comparison but IMO I dont see Hall ready to take on the C yet... I still think he's 2-3 years away from being that all encompassing leader that we all want in him.

Good for Sam! Great player! C-15 will be Hall, no question!!

2-3 years from now both hall and gagner will still be in their prime years - under what pretext would gagner surrender the c willingly? Name another example of that happening.

The only way hall gets the c is if gagner is traded away. And that isn't going to happen on MacT's watch.

As for RNH not being back at the start - then sure gagner has a place on the team. But once RNH is back he is redundant/a bad fit. for the sake of a few games gagner should have been traded in the off season. Now, barring a truly hold move by MacT the team is set and as a result the rest of the league is going to relentlessly hit the oil to victory.

(IMO gagner should have been dealt before the strike - this redundancy was known even then)

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#127 Mike Modano's Dog
August 28 2013, 04:36AM
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I don't like it either. I haven't liked a damned thing Mac-bold moves-T has done since he replaced Tambolini because it was so easy to do better than he did. Where were all his f***ing draft day trades? Oh, maybe it's not as easy to do as you thought from afar. One deal he's pulled off of any significance and we overpaid dearly, imo. We'll have another injury-riddled player, who is small while letting another go with is younger, faster, healthier, and stronger. In a year or two if he isn't the best player I will take it back. But a concussion history on this team is not what you want to have. We are the target practice for 29 other teams out there...okay, maybe only 28.

Well, all he's done is f*** everything up. Surprise, surprise.

I agree with the writer above, MacT has tied his sail to Gags. We should have traded him when we had the chance. I'd much rather that than trade Ebs or RNH - because they're small! So, instead do we keep them all and remain the same size? No, actually we're smaller this year than last with the removal of some of our tougher players in the organization.

What a joke MacT is, Lowe, the whole gang. When the players leave town we won't be bragging about MacT then, we'll be lamenting the stars who have gone. Wait, maybe we can just blame it on them. It's not management's fault after all... it was Souray's fault wasn't it? Pronger's wife caused that too...

Must be nice to be a perfect A-hole like Lowe is - then get away with it, having a radio show dedicated to kissing his *** all the time, and selling his crap.

For the record, I don't think there is a more stand-up guy than Sheldon Souray is, and he told us the truth...when most wouldn't. (That's why we don't hear more of this, most don't.) How anyone in charge of the team could question his toughness, and make him feel forced to come back before he himself thinks he's ready (and still have a job) is beyond me.

Ranting - sorry, but I've lost it with these Oilers lately...or, I should say, they've lost me!!

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#128 shanetrain
August 28 2013, 06:59AM
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Sam Gagner is a logical choice for the C.

Hall might be a little too hotheaded still at his young age. He will apprentice under Gags until he leaves in Free Agency to the Leafs in a few years time.

That is when this becomes Taylor Hall's team.

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#129 Spydyr
August 28 2013, 09:15AM
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They're $hittie wrote:

also if you are tired of it you truly aren't an oilers fan. Finally through all the meritocracy something magical happens and you cant embrace it.

I have been an Oiler fan since the WHA.

You know what is magical to me. Another Cup. Not a freak occurrence in a nothing game. A game in which the other team clearly quit trying.

Some folks that were not around for the Cup years don't understand what winning is and what it takes to win. Seven years outside the playoffs is tough to swallow. Yeah, I'm jaded only because I have witnessed greatness in the Oilers and now all I see is mistake after mistake.

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#130 Stewzy
August 28 2013, 10:16AM
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ANNNNNDDD

Who gives a flying F what Horcoff thinks...

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#131 pop pop
August 28 2013, 11:08AM
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You know the captian is the scape goat and chauffer right. When Gagner is traded in two years. They'll make RNH captain. Right now it woukd just look wierd for baby Nuge to be driving around in his booster seat.

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#132 Big Cap
August 28 2013, 11:26AM
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Shifty203 wrote:

To be fair, as per your question, we can also ask "what has Hall done to earn it?".

We all know Hall can put up a ton of points. We all know Hall busts his butt.

We all know Gagner puts up his share of points. We all know Gagner also busts his butt.

We all know they both come off as leaders off the ice, in front of the camera.

What not one person here knows, is how they are as leaders on the ice, or in the locker room. None, notta, not one person. Management and the coaching staff, however, should/does have access to that information.

While i'm not entirely trusting of our management, I am hardly a consipiracy theorist either.

If our new coach has talked to management, talked to staff, and talked to the players, and this is who he chose, then thats the way it goes.

I don't understand the fan's here that sound personaly insulted that Hall wasn't the choice.

Your points are all fair and correct.

In my opinion, Hall is getting better every year. His Point totals, Defensive play, and overall game.

Last year Hall separated himself as a near elite player in the league. Had Nuge and Ebs been healthy all year he may have had another 12-15 points.

His speed and reckless style flying off the wing is a very unique skill set. My concern is just because Gagner has "put his time" in that should not be a factor. We have to wonder, just how much better can Gagner really be? He's probably a point of game player at best. He's relatively feisty, but nothing that screams he'll do whatever it takes on the ice. He's well spoken in front of the media and is well liked in this city.

You have to wonder had MacT been able to pull of a Bold Move would Gagner have been going the other way?? There's a very good chance of it.

Gagner has taken us to Arbitration twice now (within seconds both times, anyways)Just how dedicated is he to the long term of this team? Hall re-upped even before his ELC was up.

Look at the other Captains in the league, they for the most part are the best players or ones who are on the verge of dominating for their teams.

And in 3-5 years when Hall does his "experience and maturity" is Gags just supposed to hand over the C??

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#133 They're $hittie
August 28 2013, 11:34AM
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@Big Cap

Gagner doesnt show signs of giving it his all on the ice? Wow you don't watch the games do you.

Taylor was born with Talent and Elite Skill. You cant teach that, but that does not equal a good leader.

Putting in your time does count for something. Experience and lessons learned is what makes you a better captain.

How many businesses bring in the new fresh face out of school with the fancy degree to lead the place and they have no respect from the employees. Lots. Paying your dues and learning lessons is huge to being a good leader.

Several Draft day quotes for Gagner "freat leadership and captain material"

Very similar to Halls draft day regarding his leadership. Do not recall this for Eberle, or Nuge.

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#134 The Soup Fascist
August 28 2013, 09:23PM
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Wheresyourtowel wrote:

The Captaincy is NOT a prize. It's a job,

You don't give a guy this job based on how good he is at his current job. You give it to the guy you think will be best at the new job.

THAT is how you avoid the Peter Principle.

Maybe the best comment on the subject. Props.

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#135 OilFanInVan
August 28 2013, 11:19PM
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FACTS:

1. Nobody in this chat room is in the dressing room or management office.

2. If anyone thinks that Eakins hasn't already talked to all of the players once or twice, go back to his press conference when he was introduced as coach.

3. If anyone thinks they know what Eakins/MacT wants in a captain you might as well think twice again.

OPINIONS:

1. I highly suspect that the coaching staff and management have completed their Due Diligence and will name a captain that will exude the qualities that they feel best suits the team.

2. I highly doubt that any captaincy decision to be made is based on career point totals, highest points in a game, or duration of time playing the game.

3. I suspect that the captaincy decision is based on interviews with the players (current and former) and based on an ability to be the media face of the franchise.

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#136 OutDoorRink
August 29 2013, 07:24AM
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I don't want a captain that's going to waste any more time telling the boys how to do their laundry.

That's nice, use cold water, it saves on your energy bill.

I want a captain who knows what it takes to win at the highest level, and that's not Sam. That's a guy like Ference. Why have a middle man? Why have Gagner as the captain and Ference as an assistant?

So Sam can say; "Alright everybody, listen up. Y'all wanna hear about what it takes to win? Well let me introduce to you, my assistant, Andrew Ference! After he's through, I'll tell you how to bake an angel food cake. Take it away, Andrew"!

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#137 DSF
August 27 2013, 09:55PM
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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

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No sign of Gagner.

I wonder why?

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#138 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
August 28 2013, 08:57AM
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I'm kinda torn. Gags is the logical choice based on experience, but I'm in the 'this is Hall's team' camp. Like I said a little while ago, a captain should be able to put the team on his back and drag them kicking and screaming into contention every night. I see that in spades from Taylor Hall, but not so much from Gags.

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#139 They're $hittie
August 28 2013, 10:04AM
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@Big Cap

being the best player does not entitle you to the captaincy either. Washington is Ovechkins team, whether he wears the c or not. Not saying Hall doesnt except this but if he can't than he is not mature enough to be captain or even captain material.

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#140 Spydyr
August 28 2013, 10:49AM
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thebiggestmanintheworld wrote:

I can only imagine what you would say about an eight point night if Hall was the one potting the points.

The whole hockey world stopped and took notice when Gagner broke ONE OF WAYNE GRETZKY'S RECORDS.

And now, that "nothing game" you keep refering to, is infamous and lives on in the record books.

An eight point game = fluff?

Another old time fan, like DSF, that the bandwagon should have ran over when they jumped off....

OK, he TIED Gretzky's record.Gretzky actually did it twice.

I'll try to put the eight goal game into context for you.

What meant more the Oilers organization Gagner eight points in a regular season game or Kevin Mcclelland 1-0 goal against Billy Smith and the Islanders?

No contest is it?

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#141 Wäx Män Riley
August 28 2013, 03:34PM
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Or Chicago, Boston, Detroit

Maybe Chicago, Toews is the man. Detroit is a tough one with Datsyuk. Could be Boston though.

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

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

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#145 DSF
August 27 2013, 10:24PM
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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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#146 mayorblaine
August 28 2013, 06:15AM
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i'm torn.

on one hand i think Gagner, as a player, has many of the attributes necessary to make a great captin on an NHL team, even this one.

on the other, from a business/asset standpoint, why tie yourself to, what has been, a bargaining chip? seems illogical.

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#147 russ99
August 28 2013, 07:11AM
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I don't buy it, they haven't even started camp yet, and MacT was quoted that the coaching staff will decide.

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#148 Sanaa Montana
August 28 2013, 10:17AM
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Please don't project your insecurities on me.

My comment was not out of line or disrespectful, there was no reason to delete it.

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#149 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
August 28 2013, 11:39AM
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David S wrote:

http://youtu.be/MT7gvsOJMI4

Gagner IS god!

*drops mic*

David S. IS. Gagner!

Seriously. That's why he can't show his real picture....and picked a TALL guy in a suit to represent him.

So really it's Gagner referring to himself in the third person......Gagner is Great.....Gagner is the Oilers Best player...etc.....

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#150 OutDoorRink
August 28 2013, 05:41PM
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Eakins had better have a large say in who captains the ship and I don't see how he could do that without steering the team through a training camp.

As I've mentioned in other posts, I think that a player such as Andrew Ference is a much better choice. Not that Sam is a pushover, but Ference is from a different league as far as knowing what it takes to reach elite level. He's been playing there for a few years now and is a perfect mentor to liaison between the coach and the kids.

Would you respect him if you were Gagner?

What does Sam have to tell Ference about winning?

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