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Sam Gagner signs one-year, $3.2 million deal

Jul 20, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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Sam Gagner is set for another year in Edmonton.

Gagner inked a one-year deal with the Oilers worth $3.2 million, thus avoiding arbitration. It works out to be a nearly $1 million raise for the centerman and comes off a season that saw him put up 47 points, his best scoring season since his rookie year. Gagner made headlines this past season thanks to an eight point outburst against Chicago on February 2 that saw him score four goals and add four assists.

The curious part about Gagner inking just a one-year deal is what it means for his future in Edmonton. He’s just 22 years-old going on 23 meaning he’s very much part of the youth movement there but after five average seasons, the Oilers may be hedging their bets on just what his potential is in the league. A one-year deal like this could mean the Oilers are looking for him to prove himself before committing big years and big money to him.

  1. grillmarks - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Give him 8 mil… one for each point in that crazy game.

  2. wingz101 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I though they might at least sign him to a two year deal so it might be easier to trade him for a defenseman.

    The Oilers are really stacking their offensive corps. Hopefully it will pan out for them but I don’t see a Crosby or a Malkin there, just a bunch of really good players. Players who will one day want to get paid big bucks so for the sake of this team, I hope they start winning soon or else they will be in a vicious circle where guys start wanting out of there so they can be on a winner (or be closer to their daddy & mommy like Zac Parise), and the Oil keeps perpetually rebuilding.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Think he could be a bargaining chip for some veteran defensive experience this year? I’m sure some other team would be happy to take a chance on Gagner for an older defenseman. Maybe even some veteran O would help this team.

  3. bcisleman - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    There was a published report that the Oilers had been rebuffed by Garth Snow in a bid to obtain Mark Streit. My guess is that Gagner–a close FOJT–was part of the offer. EDM likely is not done shopping for a top D & we’ll likely see more action after the CBA is set.

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