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Sam Gagner on Canucks cut: I didnt see it coming

Sam Gagner on Canucks cut: I didnt see it coming
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Sep 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller (41) reaches for the puck against Vancovuer Canucks forward Ronalds Kenins (41) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

When you sign a three-year, $9.45-million NHL contract one season, the last place you imagine starting the next is living at your parentsa€™ house, three time zones away, and skating for some other franchisea€™s farm team.

Yet here Sam Gagner is.

Property of the Vancouver Canucks through 2019-20, Gagner is leading the Toronto Marlies in goals (three), points (five) and shots (11) after riding the buses for three games in three cities over a whirlwind four days and trying to wrap his brain around why Vancouver no longer wants him.

a€œI was shocked,a€ Gagner told Sportsnet after Tuesdaya€™s practice.

a€œI didna€™t expect it. I didna€™t see it coming. I felt like I had a good enough camp and Ia€™d shown enough in my 11 years that I was able to make the team.a€

Waived last week when Jim Benning had to submit the Canucksa€™ Opening Night roster, the 29-year-old forward was part of a six-pack of experienced free agents the GM brought to Vancouver in the summer of 2017 whoa€™ve fallen out of the organizationa€™s good books.

In addition to Gagner, Patrick Wiercioch, Alex Burmistrov and Thomas Vanek are gone. Goaltender Anders Nilsson has yet to see action this season, and defenceman Michael Del Zotto is being healthy-scratched Tuesday.

a€œWith these young kids coming, this could happen more and more,a€ Benning told reporters upon waiving Gagner. a€œWea€™re going to have to make tough decisions.

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