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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A look into the UFA 'Center' position in Edmonton

Today we are going to look at potential Centre position players that could be brought in. We may just need that depth center position filled here in Edmonton OR could we trade Gagner potentially if he is asking for too high a price and sign a decent Centerman to replace him? Only time will tell for Oiler fans but in the meantime let's take a look at what is available on the Free Agent market for Centre's July 1/2013.

Elias, Patrik » 6'1 194 lbs



Ribeiro, Mike » 6'0 176 lbs



Connolly, Tim » 6'1 192 lbs



McDonald, Andy » 5'10 187 lbs



Antropov, Nik » 6'6 245




Roy, Derek » 5'9 187 lbs



Koivu, Saku » 5'10 181 lbs



Cullen, Matt » 6'1 194 lbs



Lombardi, Matthew » 5'11 194 lbs



Zubrus, Dainius » 6'5 225 lbs




Weiss, Stephen » 5'11 192 lbs




Malhotra, Manny » 6'2 216 lbs




Handzus, Michal » 6'5 216 lbs




Wellwood, Kyle » 5'11 185 lbs



Bozak, Tyler » 6'0 187 lbs




Reasoner, Marty » 6'0 190 lbs



Gordon, Boyd » 6'0 201 lbs



Hecht, Jochen » 6'1 192 lbs



Steckel, David » 6'5 223 lbs




Lapierre, Maxim » 6'2 220 lbs



Regin, Peter » 6'2 196 lbs



Halpern, Jeff » 6'0 203 lbs



Nichol, Scott » 5'8 179 lbs



Chipchura, Kyle » 6'2 209 lbs



Adams, Craig » 6'0 198 lbs



Hall, Adam » 6'3 205 lbs




Bolduc, Alexandre » 6'2 201 lbs















Of these players available, very few would be of interest to replace Gagner at center, so unless they can grab a top centerman in the NHL entry draft, very unlikely they let Gagner go unless they secretly plan to move Hall to the centre position. (I highly doubt they go that way). Take a look see at some possibilities here for that 4th line role behind Horcoff if he is not traded. Belanger's replacement is very likely going to be a faceoff winning centre who has speed to burn and is a big boy who can land a good hit.

I will discuss under comments some of my thoughts as too which players I like  or dislike.

'Keepin on Keepin on'

1 comment:

  1. Antropov, Zubrus, Malhotra and Handzus would be my preferables to fill that third line role should Horcoff be traded. I really like their size but unfortunately sometimes Antropov has his odd nights off, Maholtra is not the same player as in the past since his injury and Zubrus kind of follows in those same footsteps of the odd night off. Now Handzus would be the one I would pursue the strongest.

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