Sam Gagner has been involved in trade rumors for a while now. It has started to kick up once again due to his slow start for the Edmonton Oilers. Should the Carolina Hurricanes be interested?
The Carolina Hurricanes have struggled to even get two goals a night this season. The talented center in Edmonton would help. Sam Gagner is off to a pretty slow start with only 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 7 games, but maybe a change of scenery is what the 24-year-old needs.
Sam Gagner has had a history of good numbers as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. He has put up 40+ points every year in the NHL since he was drafted as the sixth overall pick in 2007 NHL Entry Draft, except for the 2013 shortened season where he put up 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 48 games. He was actually on track for his best season in the NHL, had it been an 82 game season.
Sam Gagner would certainly provide a spark offensively. He could slot in with Jeff Skinner, who is close to returning from injury. This, as a third line, has potential to be outstanding for the Carolina Hurricanes. They are both very talented offensive players, and as a third line, they’d play against lesser opponents, which would likely mean a lot of scoring chances. Gagner provides even-strength scoring, but he also provides help on the powerplay.
The Hurricanes do have players they can trade. Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu are both players that I think could be options in a trade. Edmonton is looking for veteran defense, so Tim Gleason could be a player to consider trading.
Gleason is back from injury, but the Carolina Hurricanes defense has been terrific. I don’t see why you’d force Gleason back when the defense has obviously developed chemistry over the time he has missed. Bringing Gleason back into the lineup could mess with the chemistry developed by the defense, so maybe the answer is to trade him.
The Carolina Hurricanes are 0-3-0 with Tim Gleason in the lineup this season. Coincidence? Maybe, but it could be that he just isn’t the same Tim Gleason that he used to be.
Tuomo Ruutu is also a player that has been in trade rumors around the league. Edmonton may be looking for a new player to throw in the mix like Ruutu. The Fin may need a change of scenery as well.
Both Ruutu and Gleason would need to approve a trade due to their No Trade Clause.
Sam Gagner would give the Carolina Hurricanes more options on offense, something the Carolina Hurricanes desperately need. Maybe Sam Gagner is not the answer to the offensive woes, but they need to find something to help their offense. Nail Yakupov is another player in Edmonton that would help the Carolina Hurricanes offense.
Do you think the Carolina Hurricanes should pursue Sam Gagner? Or is he not worth going after?