SAM GAGNER TO BE NAMED C14

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?

  • 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.

    • OutDoorRink

      You do know it has been proven that interviews are a horrible selection method, fraught with errors? We do them as part of the hiring process because there are precious few viable alternatives.

      In this case though, there was a much more reliable alternative, which is observation. And if the rumour is true, the Oilers will have again forgone the opportunity to make a strong informed decision based on evidence.

      • OutDoorRink

        Don’t you think management has been able to observe the players long enough (who are candidates for the job) over the last 3-6 years? Unless you are suggesting a first year Oiler like Ference should be considered?

  • OutDoorRink

    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”!

  • OutDoorRink

    I don’t know what I would feel if Sam was to be named captain, but I do know one thing that I would not feel and that’s confident that we had a leader who could inspire the team to greater heights.

    You need some kind of cred to do that, and so far, other than Smytty and Hemmer, there’s nobody else on this team that has made it into the playoffs as an Oiler.

    It’ll all shake out in training camp anyway. We’ll know in about 4 weeks.

  • OutDoorRink

    Gagner is the best choice for captain. Ferrence is a great choice but lets break it down to him not being a familiar face to the boys. Gagner has shown hes a hard worker on the ice. The C is not about point production.. its about work production. Hes a leader in the dressing room and has been around for 6 seasons that have been a mess.. and only gotten better with every year that passes. Hes captained a team as a junior. Hes missed roughly 40 games give or take since his rookie year.. not much can be said about Hall and RNH.
    (ahem.. injuries.. learn to stop Hallsy) As for Ebs.. great player.. but you cant honestly say hes the leader of the group, and has quieted down since his rookie campaign. All i have to say is Gagner for Priminister. Give him what he has earned.. “C”

  • OutDoorRink

    Gagner is the best choice for captain. Ferrence is a great choice but lets break it down to him not being a familiar face to the boys. Gagner has shown hes a hard worker on the ice. The C is not about point production.. its about work production. Hes a leader in the dressing room and has been around for 6 seasons that have been a mess.. and only gotten better with every year that passes. Hes captained a team as a junior. Hes missed roughly 40 games give or take since his rookie year.. not much can be said about Hall and RNH.
    (ahem.. injuries.. learn to stop Hallsy) As for Ebs.. great player.. but you cant honestly say hes the leader of the group, and has quieted down since his rookie campaign. All i have to say is Gagner for Priminister. Give him what he has earned.. “C”