What will the Vancouver Canucks do with Sam Gagner?
Sportsnet: Vancouver Canucks forward Sam Gagner said he was shocked at the demotion to the AHL. “I didn’t expect it. I didn’t see it coming. I felt like I had a good enough camp and I’d shown enough in my 11 years that I was able to make the team.”
“So I was surprised by it based on the fact they signed me last summer. I came to camp prepared, I had a really good summer of work, I did well on the [fitness] tests, I thought I played pretty well in pre-season, but you just… you try not to worry about it. I’m still playing hockey.”
Which brings us to the elephant in the room: Can this contract-free investment between Sam Gagner and the Toronto Maple Leafs lead to a real deal?
“You hope to make an impression on everybody. I take pride in my work habits and my professionalism and coming to the rink every day trying to get better. Being in an organization, they’ll be able to see that on a day-to-day basis, so hopefully that rubs off on them,” Gagner responds.
“At the end of the day, I want to show that I’m capable to every team — and the Canucks as well. I feel like I can be a productive, effective NHLer, not just a guy who plays in the NHL.
Which team should trade with the Leafs for William Nylander
TSN Radio: Pierre LeBrun was on Toronto radio and believes no team will offer sheet William Nylander. LeBrun believes a trade could be made with a non playoff team this year. GM’s have called the Toronto Maple Leafs about Nylander and it is believed the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks have inquired about Nylander. The Hurricanes and Ducks have the assets and cap space to make a trade.
The concern for other teams is, what is the number they can sign Nylander for. It is believed no team will offer Nylander a $8.5 million/year contract.