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Canucks loan Sam Gagner to Toronto Marlies

With the return of Jay Beagle and the addition of Josh Leivo, there needed to be another roster move made today to make room and the Canucks have done so by loaning Sam Gagner to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL

This is the second time this season that the Canucks have loaned Gagner to the Maple Leafs affiliate, as it allows him to be closer to his family.

Gagner appeared in seven games for the Canucks since being recalled on November 18th, he registered one goal and two assists in that time. If Gagner had appeared in three more games with the Canucks, he would’ve recovered waivers to head back to the AHL, furthermore, assuming that he was assigned after 2 pm (given the time of the tweet), Gagner had been on the Canucks roster for 17 days and thus had 13 more days available before requiring waivers by the day count.

There is some benefit to sending him down now, to avoid waiver exemption expiring, as an acquiring team would be able to directly send him to their AHL team before recalling him. With that being said, that would require a deal to be made and it’s hard to envision that happening now with the cap hit still remaining.

Gagner has seven goals and eight assists in 15 AHL games with the Marlies so far this season.

The Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild at 7 PM tonight.

  • Cageyvet

    I was happy to see them make this move at the start of the season, and feel the same way now. He was fine while he was up here, but is he really a fit here as we get healthier? Baertschi will be back soon, hopefully, and he more than replaces Gagner.

    They had to move someone, and I like keeping Gaudette here in a no-pressure situation. He is learning the 2-way game in the NHL, and despite his university achievements, that’s what we need from him.

    I think he projects as our 3rd line center, so he needs to be defensively responsible. He should start to add some more offense if we give him better linemates, and hopefully becomes a guy who is 3rd ctr on a strong team, with the ability to move up into the top 6 as injuries require.

  • Holly Wood

    Gagner is not a player that can make enough of an impact to push the Canucks forward. It’s best that he returns to the Marlies now to protect will waiver status thereby making him a little more attractive to a team looking for some roster insurance in the AHL.

  • Joey Clive

    He will be traded to Toronto Maple Leafs for Toronto’s 4th round pick in 2019. 50% salary retained. called up when the leafs need him for their playoff run and used in the bottom six next year at a cheaper cap hit of $1.575 mil.

    • Dirty30

      Looking less likely now that TO has signed Nylander. They gave up Leivo to make room for WN and are facing a bit of an upcoming cap pressure that Gagner— even with retained salary— won’t help.

      Let’s face it, Gagner is simply not good enough to warrant even a retained salary for another team to take him. Better, younger and cheaper players were put on waivers (and claimed) so no one is showing up anytime soon with a pick for him.

      Right now, even retaining salary, the best you’ll get for Gagner is ‘future considerations’.