HEARTBREAKS AND NEW LIFE (GAGNER BROKEN JAW)

Sam Gagner’s broken jaw added to RNH’s recovery puts the Oilers in a big hole. How does this week look now? Click through and see.

TRANSACTIONS BEFORE THE GAGNER INJURY

I thought the Oilers might IR Corey Potter, Denis Grebeshkov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start things, and then go into full cut down mode:

  • Return Darnell Nurse and Jujhar Khaira to their junior teams.
  • Demote to OKC G Richard Bachman.
  • Sign G Ty Rimmer and send him to Barons camp.
  • Send down Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, Brad Hunt and Taylor Fedun.
  • Send down Anton Lander, Mark Arcobello, Andrew Miller, Ryan Martindale, Linus Omark, Curtis Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick.

OPENING NIGHT 23 MAN ROSTER AFTER THE GAGNER INJURY

  • Goal (2): Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarberta
  • Defense (7): Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid, Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz, Nick Schultz, Anton Belov, Phil Larsen
  • Center (4): Taylor Hall, Mark Arcobello, Boyd Gordon, Will Acton, Anton Lander
  • Left Wing (5): David Perron, Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Smyth, Ryan Hamilton, Ben Eager
  • Right Wing (5): Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Jones, Mike Brown

After the Gagner injury, I think Arcobello and Lander may make the team.There’s no Gagner replacement out there and the Oilers top center is also on the shelf. This is a massive item for the Edmonton Oilers season. I would guess this could be bad news for Ben Eager, Ryan Hamilton or Ryan Jones. Ryan Smyth may be asked to play center.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It’s a bitter bitter pill. Wow.

  • 2004Z06

    Keep drafting pit size hockey player and keep claiming they are to work for you.

    Worked well so far hasn’t it?

    Bring them into a league when they are kids playing with men and complain when they get hurt.

    Oil have no plan, the good oil boys club still has a lot of dark years ahead of them!

  • Kodiak

    Can anyone name Chicago’s top two centers? Toews and ??? Handzus? Take them out of the lineup and Chicago’s top four centers are Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Drew Leblanc and a raw rookie. If Boston were to lose Krejci and Bergeron their top four centers would be Peverley, Chris Kelly, Greg Campbell and Ryan Spooner. Is Hall, Arcobello, Gordon, Acton really much worse than that? Bottom line is ANY team losing their top two centers is in a world of hurt.