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Re: Sam Gagner to play for the Marlies
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2019, 03:43:02 PM »
Not raining on his parade, it was just a win-win for the Leafs.  They have a philosophy of building their own prospects by having them play on good teams and part of that is making the playoffs and having a good run in the AHL.  You need veteran guys to be able to do that like Greening last year and this, and Gagner fit that role as well.  Other organizations might not have done this, but it was a perfect fit for the Leafs, the fact they didn't even have to pay him was just funny, cause Vancouver found no use for him and allowed the Leafs organization to benefit while they foot the cost.

It still seems weird to wonder why he was grateful. They could have passed and he would have been stuck in wherever Utica is.

Especially considering that because Gagner isn't a career AHL gud pro but rather a guy who's used to being in the NHL and all the luxury that entails, there's no way to have known that he'd be a positive influence on the kids as his NHL career seemingly slipped out of grasp. The Leafs took a chance on him adjusting well to the situation.
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Re: Sam Gagner to play for the Marlies
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Re: Sam Gagner to play for the Marlies
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2019, 03:56:02 PM »
Especially considering that because Gagner isn't a career AHL gud pro but rather a guy who's used to being in the NHL and all the luxury that entails, there's no way to have known that he'd be a positive influence on the kids as his NHL career seemingly slipped out of grasp. The Leafs took a chance on him adjusting well to the situation.

Right. There's a lot more Michalek/Laich's than there are Greening's.

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Re: Sam Gagner to play for the Marlies
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2019, 04:45:42 PM »

His thank-you to the Leafs was so much better haha.

What's he thanking the Leafs for?  What team wouldn't take a good player to play on their AHL team and help show the rookies how to be a pro, all the while not having to pay him a red cent.  He was free for the Leafs organization lol
Why rain on a nice thank you? My guess for the thanks is that they treated him very well, like one of their own and while it benefited both, they didn't have to. Could have possibly used that roster spot for a kid. Anyway, nice gesture on both parts.

Not raining on his parade, it was just a win-win for the Leafs.  They have a philosophy of building their own prospects by having them play on good teams and part of that is making the playoffs and having a good run in the AHL.  You need veteran guys to be able to do that like Greening last year and this, and Gagner fit that role as well.  Other organizations might not have done this, but it was a perfect fit for the Leafs, the fact they didn't even have to pay him was just funny, cause Vancouver found no use for him and allowed the Leafs organization to benefit while they foot the cost.
Def a win-win for us and it is kind of funny. Free mentor!

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Re: Sam Gagner to play for the Marlies
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2019, 04:45:42 PM »