Skip to content

Report: Kings interested in acquiring Gagner

Feb 3, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

Sam Gagner AP

The offensively-starved Los Angeles Kings have reportedly spoken to Edmonton about the availability of forward Sam Gagner, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

“The one move that has been talked about to some degree and looked close at one point — although I don’t know what happened — is Sam Gagner, and I think L.A. has some interest in him.” Friedman told Calgary’s FAN 960 Radio.  “I think there are a couple of moving parts there, including are the Oilers willing to take a key part of the salary to make that work from a cap point of view?

“But I do think the Kings have some legitimate interest in Gagner and I think those two teams have talked very seriously.”

Gagner, 24, is in the first of a three-year, $14 million deal with a $4.8M annual cap hit. He missed extensive time at the start of the season with a broken jaw and has just 23 points through 44 games, but did finish second on the Oilers in scoring during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, scoring 38 points in 48 games.

As for the Kings, they’ve scored just three goals in their last six games — all of them by Anze Kopitar — and sit 29th in the NHL in goals per game. Only Buffalo scores less. Getting Gagner would be a boon as he can play wing (right wing, specifically) and could inject some offense, much like Jeff Cater did upon being acquired from Columbus at the ’12 trade deadline.

The Oilers and Kings do have a history of deadline dealing. L.A. acquired Dustin Penner from Edmonton at the ’11 deadline.

  1. areaman714 - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    What D-Man and pick do the Kings want to give up?

    • lowenni - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Regehr and a second? Just spitballing

      • areaman714 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        You are a little south. Advantage to anyone dealing with the Kings as they are desperate for scoring help.

  2. djshnooks - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Damn, there goes Buffalo’s ability to trade Matt Moulson for a 1st round pick! :-/

    • pfhockey - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      I don’t think Gagner would help the Kings’ drought. Moulson is the better choice right now, Gagner is surrounded by great talent.

  3. jkaflagg - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Would hate to have the Kings give up another 1st round pick (that would be 3 in the past 5 years) but no doubt it would be necessary to make this deal…..the bigger issue will be making the money work….

    As far as the defenseman going back…..some bloggers are enamored with Jake Muzzin’s statistical indicators, but no idea whether the Oillers like him as much……

  4. blackheart78 - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    For the love of all that is holy would the Oilers please trade Sam Gagner and/or Ales Hemsky. I feel like for the last 5 years I see the headline “Oilers may trade Sam Gagner”, “Oilers looking to make move involving Hemsky” in every trade blog. It’s annoying.

    • jernster21 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      They haven’t been traded because the Oilers think they’re worth way more than they’re going to get. You can’t put a player on the market because they aren’t performing up to internal expectations and then expect a haul for them in a trade. Well, I suppose you can, since that’s the Oilers situation. There’s no denying that Hemsky and Gagner are good players but sometimes management needs to grow a pair and change things up, not just for the player they’re shipping out, but for whoever they’re bringing in, and to also send a message to the other players on the team that being mediocre is unacceptable.

  5. qauzaq - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I can’t imagine why the Kings would get another RW. They need LW.

  6. c9castine - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    this guy scored 8 points against chicago not long ago. somewhere in there is a superstar just waiting for the right team or coach or organization to bring it out of him.

    • pfhockey - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I’m not trying to downplay his efforts but I just think he was on the ice at the right time. It was a great team effort and Gagner was perfect in every play. I think Superstar is a bit of a stretch but an occasional all star is not out of the question.

      • c9castine - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I’ve not saying he is Crosby malkin ovechkin Stamkos Tavares Kane type…but you don’t collect 8 points be being in the right place at the right time and I agree it has to be a team effort but you shouldn’t try to minimize it.

      • pfhockey - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Yeah, He was great that night. He was perfect on every play. I think he still has potential, like Turris, they have some solid potential.

  7. luz56 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Don’t count out Camalleri in Calgary . Quick fix and can be had for less

  8. djshnooks - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Regehr had to waive a full no-trade clause for Buffalo to trade him to LA. That is still in effect while he’s under contract.

    Not a chance he accepts a trade to Edmonton…he is looking for a cup, and then he will ride off into the sunset.

    I’ll guarantee that one.

    • valente317 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      I was under the impression that once the no-trade clause is waived, it is forfeited for the remainder of the contract duration.

  9. nhstateline - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    it depends on the specific language in the actual clause. Sometimes the player gets one shot at it (that’s in the majority of cases) but there are other cases where it is always the player’s option.

  10. modcoop - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    If the Kings would just keep Toffoli on the 1st or 2nd line regardless of LW or RW they don’t need Gagner.

    Last night was the 1st time Sutter actually put Toffoli in a position to excel rather than fail in a long time. He thrived with Kopitar and Carter and that is where he should play.

    You can move Richards to a line with Williams and Brown. Last night Brown looked like he finally woke up and even though he didn’t score a goal, he was a lot more involved. Hopefully the olympics really get Brown back on the positive side, because the Kings really need him to be a power forward if they make the playoffs and really have a chance to get to a final again.

    Gagner hasn’t scored 20 goals in a season as a pro. I don’t want to hear about how the offense in Edmonton is why, because with all that talent Gagner should have been able to put up at least 20 goals with the Oilers.

    Girardi seems like he might be traded by the Rangers and he would be a great fit here in Los Angeles even if he is a right handed shot. The Kings could use a left handed shooting defenseman but Girardi is a solid defenseman who blocks shots and has put up some good numbers in the assists column.

    Muzzin needs to be paired with a more stay at home defenseman, otherwise its a mistake to keep playing him with Doughty. Last night you saw what happens when Doughty doesn’t have to worry about his partner making a bad read or passing the puck across the ice in the defensive zone.

    Mitchell and Greene are UFA’s at the end of this season. I am not sure if Mitchell is going to play another year and I am not sure how long the Kings want to sign Greene for, since he has been dealing with many injuries or recovering from surgery over the past 4 years.

    • rrussell1967 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      The dumping on Muzzin is so old and for the most part incorrect. If he gets caught up ice, his fault for not getting back; if his partner gets caught up ice, his fault for not making the great play to break up the 2 on 1. He’s not Doughty, but very few people are at the level.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1605)
  2. P. Kane (1443)
  3. S. Matthias (1294)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1182)
  5. D. Carcillo (1152)