After reading this article on Sportsnet I’d say Gazdic will have a place on the 2015/16 Edmonton Oilers and his role is clear as day. Protect McDavid at all costs! Here’s the quote:
“(Protecting McDavid) is something I’m definitely going to try and do,” Gazdic said on Tuesday. “I’m not sure I’m going to be playing first-line left wing with him, but I just want to make sure that when he’s out there on the ice he knows (intimidation) isn’t something he has to worry about. There aren’t too many guys who’ll be taking runs at him, and if they do, there is going to be a price to pay.
I LOVE that. The word is out and those cheap little MFers like Rinaldo and Cooke (if he ever finds a job), Prust and Kassian are on notice. Gazzer’s got the support of his organization now. Here’s an example of what Luke Gazdic can do to a player if he tries any funny stuff.
We know that McLellan likes to have a guy that will make sure the peace is kept as he employed John Scott last season, Mike Brown was acquired from the Oilers the season previous, and Ryan Clowe and Andrew Desjardins the season before that.
I’m a little surprised that the Oilers haven’t gone out and acquired a guy that is a bit more rounded in terms of playing ability but Gazdic is well-liked on the team and in the community but if he goes down does that mean it’s open game on the Oilers stars?
Speaking of sticking up for the Oilers stars, there’s been a lack of that over the past 5 years and wouldn’t it say something for the old core (Hall/Nuge/Eberle) if all of a sudden the new core (McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse) was getting backed up in those times of distress?
Look, it’s no secret that in all likeliness Luke Gazdic won’t help the team in any other fashion but if he can effectively keep the Oilers golden goose safe then I’m all for it.
All Hail Gazzer the Great!
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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the piece. Let me know in the comments section if you think McDavid really needs Gazdic’s help this year.