Spooner headed to Vancouver for Gagner— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 16, 2019
No word yet if this trade was one-for-one.
Sam Gagner, who has been on loan to the Marlies by the Vancouver Canucks on two separate stints this season, is the third highest points per game man on the team after the injured Chris Mueller and Jeremy Bracco.
With both Mueller (week-to-week) and Gagner gone, Mason Marchment also out with a longer term injury, and Carl Grundstrom now in Ontraio (as in California), the Marlies are hemorrhaging scoring talent.
Assuming Edmonton traded for Gagner in order to play him and the Marlies will lose him, the Marlies now have a lot of spots to fill on a roster overflowing with defensive talent they don’t need. Timothy Liljegren played his first game back from an ankle injury on Friday, and Rasmus Sandin is also healthy and back in the lineup. Those two need to get priority ice time over some of the others.
It won’t be very surprising if the Marlies move out a defenceman of some description for a forward in a deal similar to the one that brought Tanner MacMaster to the team recently.
Thank goodness for Tom Sestito on that PTO, or the Marlies might run right out of players.