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Welcome Sam Gagner to the trade rumor mill

Jan 8, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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A couple of reports — one from the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman and another from TSN’s Darren Dreger — has put Oilers center Sam Gagner‘s name in the trade rumor mill. (Again.)

The sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Gagner is currently Edmonton’s sixth-leading scorer, with 17 points in 33 games. The 24-year-old missed the first 13 games of the season with a broken jaw, courtesy Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.

Given Edmonton’s disastrous 14-27-5 record in a season that was supposed to go much differently, it’s no surprise to hear that Oilers general manager Craig “Man of Action” MacTavish is putting Gagner’s name out there. According to Dreger, “The expected rate of return would be a top-six forward, a top-four defenseman or a starting goalie.”

Gagner signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract in July, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

The Oilers could also trade their first-round pick in this summer’s draft, something MacTavish is more than willing to entertain.

Related: Cue the Shea Weber-to-Edmonton speculation

  1. hallforpresident - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I’m sure teams will come running for a small centre who can’t win draws, scores in bunches, is terrible defensively and hasn’t topped 50 points in his career…

    • bwayblueshirt - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Sounds like a future Ranger to me *rolls eyes at Glen Sather*

  2. rushledger - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Another Canadian gm along with Winnipeg’s that has yet to pull the trigger on a bigger door.

  3. killerpgh - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    With 4.8 cap hit and signed for 2 more years after this I would say he is a bit overpaid for a guy who has never scored 20 goal or broke 50 points in a season. He has potential to be a solid NHL contributor. With Dupuis probably out for the year and the cap expected to go up next season Shero should give him a call. I read a report saying Shero wanted to make a move for a top 6 forward when the Olympic break is over. Well if the possibility is there now I see no reason to wait. The Oiler’s aren’t in need of cap space so see if the Oiler’s will eat a bit of his cap hit and offer Mats Niskenan and add a late round draft pick/project prospect to cancel out the cap hit they are eating.

    • killerpgh - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      I guess the only way a trade with the Penguins would make sense is if he can play wing. I originally thought he was a winger.

      • erbaker67 - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Im wondering if the Pens would go after Cammaleri if they retain some of his salary. Or even if they cant, not sure of the cap numbers but Id prefer Cammaleri if the pens could get a deal done.

    • hazlydose - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Niskanen is a UFA after this season. I don’t think they would take him unless he was locked up.

  4. hockeyfootball98 - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    MacT is smoking something if he thinks this guy is worth a top 6 forward, top 4 dman AND a starting goalie. I get it he thinks highly of his players but he is vastly overrating Gagner. JVR netted Luke Schenn and thats it a few years back and I would think thats more of the starting ground.

    • hockeyfootball98 - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      My bad I read OR a starting goalie, still the mentioned return in article is too high imo.

      • withseidelinn - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        You’re still reading it wrong.

  5. ray2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Gagner should have been traded the day after he scored 8 points in a night. He’s a decent player, but on the Oilers he does not fit paired with RNH.

    But to expect a top 6 forward, a top 4 dman or a starting goalie is wishful thinking unless they packaged their #1 pick along with him.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Maybe this is the bold move that MacT promised when he took the job 7 months ago? Too bad no one outside of him and Lowe value Ganger nearly that much, and certainly not with the value of his contract.

    • ray2013 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      LOL @ bold move.

      The only bold move I could see them make is to trade one of their young guns. They won’t trade Hall or RNH. The way they’ve handled Yak, he’s not someone they’d trade, since the return isn’t going to be great for a former #1 overall pick.

      So that means trading Eberle or JSchultz as the bold move. Package one of those players with next year’s #1, and you could get a player who could be a real asset.

      Trading Gagner or Hemsky is not going to bring any great return that I can see.

  7. ray2013 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    And if they were looking at a goalie, who is available to be an above-league average starter and outside their division/conference?

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