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from Rob Mixer of ColumbusBlueJackets.com,
CBJ.com: What was one of the most enticing things, as you weighed your options, about playing in Columbus?
Gagner: Getting a chance to play a key role was a big thing for me. I had a chance to speak with management and the coaching staff, and they think my best hockey is still in front of me, which I agree with. They felt there was a good opportunity for me to get some pretty prime offensive minutes, and that’s something I was really looking for in my next team. It’s a great city with great fans, so there were many different things that led to making this decision.
CBJ.com: How was your initial conversation with John Tortorella?
Gagner: It was a good conversation. One thing about Torts is that he’s very honest and he lets you know where you stand right off the get-go, and he never lets you off the hook. I think, as as player, that’s what you like out of your coach; you want that open dialogue with him and he’s telling you like it is. You’re going to get that with Torts and it’s something I’m looking forward to.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Sam Gagner to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Gagner, who turns 27 on August 10, has posted 124 goals and 228 assists for 352 points with 297 penalty minutes in 615 career NHL games over nine NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers. He has finished in his team’s top-three in scoring five times and registered 40-plus points in six of his eight full campaigns.
“Sam has scored 350 points and played in 600 games in the NHL and is still a young player who can be a solid contributor on our team,” said Kekalainen. “He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position.”
The London, Ontario native collected 8-8-16 with 25 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 53 games with the Flyers during the 2015-16 regular season and added 0-2-2 and eight penalty minutes in six postseason contests. He also tallied 1-5-6 with four penalty minutes and was +3 in nine games with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
from Sam Carchid if Broad Street Bull,
General manager Ron Hextall said on Saturday he needed more time to go over the cap numbers and he wasn't sure if the club would buy out Gagner, who finished tied for second on Arizona with 41 points last season.
After making the trade, Arizona GM Don Maloney was blunt about Gagner.
"We didn't think he could play center at the National Hockey League level for us," he said.
Gagner was aware of the comment.
"I feell like I have a lot to prove. I have a lot of people to prove wrong and plan on doing that," he said in a conference call with reporters on Sunday morning.
Gagner, selected sixth overall by Edmonton in 2007, said it was an "adjustment period" for him in Phoenix and that he was "emotionally invested" with the Oilers.
He was selected one pick before Columbus took Jake Voracek in the 2007 draft.
Gagner said the uncertainty of his situation was "not the best of times." He said his wife, Rachel, was pregnant with their first child and that he would like some stability in his life.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Sam Gagner and a conditional fourth round draft choice in 2016 or a third round draft choice in 2017.
The 30-year-old Grossmann registered 5-9-14 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games with the Flyers in 2014-15. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden has recorded 10-69-79 and 288 PIM in 531 career NHL games with the Flyers and Dallas Stars. Grossmann was originally drafted by the Stars in the second round (56th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.
Gagner collected 15-26-41 and 28 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Coyotes last season.
As Paul noted, the Tampa Bay Lightning went and snagged Sam Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers for Teddy Purcell, sending Purcell's $4.5 million cap hit to Edmonton for Gagner's $4.8 million deal (all figures from Capgeek). Then the Bolts flipped Gagner to the Arizona Coyotes (who were likely looking to replace the behaviorally-challenged Mike Ribeiro), and shuffled B.J. Corombeen's $1.15 million salary off to Arizona as well, receiving all of a sixth-round draft pick in return.
The team did bring in Jason Garrison's $4.6 million cap hit during the first day of the draft, but it looks like the Lightning are trying to do something big, but ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports that there be cap weirdness afoot:
This stuff happened so quickly that even Capgeek hasn't had a chance to catch up, but the Bolts have a little short of $9 million in cap space now. Who are they going after? Sportsnet's Chris Johnston believes it might be a familiar name...
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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Sam Gagne, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced tonight.
Gagner, 5-foot-11, 202 pounds, has played in 481 career games with Edmonton, recording 101 goals and 295 points. He was drafted first overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Purcell, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, has played in 310 games with the Lightning since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 3, 2010. During his career in Tampa Bay he accumulated 67 goals and 203 points. Purcell also played in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bolts, recording seven goals and 18 points.
Updated with LeBrun stuff at 6:57 PM:
TSN's Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie discussed pre-draft trade and free agent discussions in an edition of Insider Trading that lasts for nearly four minutes. TSN usually posts a summation thereof, but if you don't want to wait until 7:30 or 8...
1. McKenzie says that there are 3 teams in the Western Conference (Anaheim, St. Louis +?) and 1 "mystery team" in the Eastern Conference who are talking to the Ottawa Senators about Jason Spezza (who has a no-trade list of 10 teams, incl. Florida, Carolina, Columbus and the Islanders). McKenzie says the Senators want a 1st-round draft pick as part of the compensation package.
2. Dreger says that David Bolland wants "maximum value," and he wants an 8-year deal at $4.9 million to remain with the Leafs. Toronto probably won't give him the term he wants, but Bolland believes he'll be healthy by training camp;
3. Dreger says that the Oilers are looking for a center and a defenseman, and they're willing to trade the 3rd overall pick and/or Sam Gagner in their efforts to improve the team, which may include trading for the Panthers' 1st overall pick;
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In a bit of a departure from his Monday "Hockey World" entries, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned two very lengthy Monday-morning columns. The first focuses on the "conensus" top 4 prospects for Friday and Saturday's NHL draft in Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett; the second column focuses on the state of the Edmonton Oilers, via a Q and A with Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish.
Matheson asks some incredibly pointed questions over the course of the lengthy Q and A:
Q: What about [Sam] Gagner? He’s been an Oiler since 2007 and a solid No. 2 centre for most of his time here. Are you trading him? He has two years left at a $4.8-million salary-cap hit ($5-million salary each of the next two seasons) and his no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1.
A: He’s in the same category as everybody else. We’re all trying to improve our teams and our performance.
Q: Sam hasn’t asked for a trade like Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza, has he? Spezza wants a change of scenery with one year left on his contract.
Actually it should have been the Evening Line but I have been trying to limit my 'work' hours to about 13 hours a day during the pre-season...
If you scroll to the 1:05 mark of the video below, you can see Zack Kasian (double minor) hit Gagner with a high-stick. Not a very good shot of the play, but it ia all we have right now...
Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner has asked for $5.5 million next season in arbitration.
Gagner, who is a restricted free agent, has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday.
Last season, Gagner scored 14 goals and added 24 assists for 38 points in 48 games.
Gagner agrees to one-yr deal with Oil. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets $1 million more than he made last year. About $3.2 mil.— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) July 20, 2012
Reports are the dollar amount is $3.2M.
Sam Gagner had a night worthy of Wayne Gretzky—or any of the other legends whose numbers hang from the rafters at Rexall Place.
Gagner scored four of Edmonton’s goals and assisted on the other four for the first eight-point game in the NHL in more than 23 years as the Oilers routed the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4 on Thursday night.
Gagner is the 11th player in NHL history to record eight points in a game—a list that includes Gretzky (twice) and Paul Coffey—but the first since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux did it on Dec. 31, 1988. Gagner joins Lemieux, who also had two eight-point performances, as the only players to get eight points with one on each of his team’s goals.
added 12:38am, Watch the Gagner highlights…
added 1:00am, Watch Sam Gagner below as he discusses his fabulous night…
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Sam Gagner has his boosters. Some people look at him, scrutinize various stats, and believe he’s making progress in his career.
But Gagner has essentially had the same season four years in a row, a season that looked promising when it was put up by an 18-year-old, not so much when similar numbers were put up by a 21-year-old.
This isn’t just in reference to Gagner’s official point totals of 49, 41, 41 and 42 points. His defensive play has also failed to improve.
Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Details to follow.
from Doug Harrison at CBC Sports,
As Edmonton Oilers fans anxiously await the return of the “real” Sam Gagner, his father, Dave, sits two time zones away in his London, Ont., home confident that better days are ahead for the promising forward….
“I don’t think there’s a player that’s ever gone through stretches where things didn’t go the way they wanted,” Dave Gagner told CBCSports.ca. “As long as [Sam] continues to play the right way, things will eventually turn for him. I think he’s handling it fairly well.”
Through Nov. 13, young Sam had two assists and one goal in 16 games this season after finishing fifth in rookie scoring last year with 49 points as an 18-year-old.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
After exceeding expectations with the Edmonton Oilers as the youngest player in the NHL last season, Sam Gagner is struggling to find his form in his sophomore campaign.
Fifth in rookie scoring with 49 points and seventh in voting for the Calder Trophy in 2007-08 as an 18-year-old, Gagner has just two assists through 11 games this season.
While Gagner is loathe to talk about the dreaded sophomore jinx, there’s no question his start to the season has been disappointing after he set the bar so high a year ago.
NEW YORK—Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner, who led all rookies in scoring with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 12 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.
Gagner edged New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky (6-5—11 in 12 games), Phoenix Coyotes center Peter Mueller (4-7—11 in 14 games), Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (3-7—10 in 10 games) and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (5-2-0, 2.33 goals-against average, .925 save percentage, one shutout) for the award.
from the Edmonton Sun,
On Friday they went to dinner, four friends swapping stories and comparing notes on living out a childhood dream.
Then last night, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews faced each other in a battle showcasing the future stars of the NHL.
Gagner and Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers, Kane and Toews with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s obviously great getting a chance to play against him after playing with him all of last year,” Gagner said of facing Kane. “It’s exciting.”
From Eric Duhatschek’s Globe & Mail blog,
Officially, the Edmonton Oilers have another week or so before deciding whether to keep rookie Sam Gagner on their NHL roster. But coach Craig MacTavish implied Saturday that the decision had been mostly made already – and that there would have to be a radical reversal in fortune in the next few days for the Oilers to send Gagner back to his junior team, the London Knights. And this was before Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames, in which Gagner scored the first goal of his NHL career, to go with the four assists he picked up in his first six games.
“There will be a point of no return and we’ve probably reached that point already,” MacTavish said. “The way he’s played and what he’s contributed so far, there’s every reason to expect him to stay here.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers signed 18-year-old centre Sam Gagner to a three-year entry level contract today, and plan on having their first-round draft pick in the opening night lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.
Gagner, whose dad Dave played over 900 NHL games, is the first Oiler first-round choice to make the team in his draft year since another centre, Jason Arnott, in 1993.
“I like the way Sam thinks the game mentally. I don’t know if there was one time in the pre-season where I had to talk to Sam when he came off the ice about where he should be (defensively),” said Oiler coach Craig MacTavish.
“You can tell he’s been well-coached by his dad. That’s invaluable.”
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish believes the high end of Gagner’s offensive ability is probably much higher than Horcoff’s, and since the team needs offence, they have to give this a serious look.
“We need a dynamic scorer,” said the coach, who had no idea Gagner would be this good this fast when Edmonton drafted him last summer.
“Horc, for all his strengths, is not a 100-point guy in our minds. You need a guy who’s going to be a 90 or a point-a-game guy, at least, in that position. So we’re going to entertain thoughts of looking at somebody else there at times five-on-five.”