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Report: Oilers, Kings working on Gagner trade

Feb 6, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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On Monday, we passed along a report of Los Angeles having interest in Oilers forward Sam Gagner.

Four days later, it appears both sides are working towards making a deal.

Reports from TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun claim the Oilers and Kings are currently discussing a trade, one that would send Gagner to Hollywood and (hopefully, for the Kings’ sake) address L.A.’s goalscoring woes.

From TSN:

One of the names in play as to who might be involved on the Kings’ end — according to McKenzie — is left winger Kyle Clifford.

What’s notable in this potential deal is that neither player is a pending free agent. Gagner, 24, is in the first year of a three-year deal he signed last summer with an annual salary of $4.8 million.

Clifford, 23, has one year remaining on a two-year deal worth $1.075 million per season. He is a restricted free agent at the end of next season. Due to the Kings’ salary cap constraints, speculation is that the Oilers may be forced to retain some salary.

Gagner would be a good offensive upgrade for the Kings. He missed extensive time at the start of the season with a broken jaw and has just 23 points through 45 games, but did finish second on the Oilers in scoring during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, with 38 points in 48 games.

As mentioned, the Kings need to improve offensively. They’ve scored just six times in their last seven games — three coming in Monday’s 5-3 loss to Chicago — 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. They also combined on a trade earlier this season, as L.A. sent goalie Ben Scrivens to Edmonton for a third-round draft pick.

  1. uscthom78 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Gagner for a bucket of fried chicken ….they better get more than that.

    • killerpgh - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I think it’s safe to say it’s not a straight player for player trade. Especially if the Oilers might be retaining salary.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

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

    Kinda wish LA had kept Penner.

    No. Make that definitely wish …

    • jkaflagg - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Everybody would want the Penner who sometimes shows up big in the playoffs, or looks great playing with Perry & Getzlaf….You just never know when that guy is going to show up. Even though he’s had great numbers for the Ducks this year, Boudreau has also scratched him a few times when his attention drifted….

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Understand your remarks, jkaflgg, and I don’t take issue with them. I’d still rather have him with the Kings.

    • tdrusher225 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Honestly, not sure it would’ve made a difference. LA has a way not getting the most out of players offensively (speaking strictly about points), Penner would be sucking just as much as the rest of them.

  3. sjsblitz - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Trading gold for lead. Very Bold move if its made -_-

  4. esracerx46 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Remember when LA was thought to be the next “dynasty” after they won the cup? Kinda difficult when you have the second worst offense.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Actually, I don’t remember LA being thought to be the next dynasty after they won the Cup. I don’t recall it being mentioned. LA King haters probably do, though.

      They went into the WC playoffs as an eighth seed having to win their final game of the season just to get into the playoffs. Then they pretty much tore through the entire WC.

      They won the Cup. That was 2 years ago. No talk of a dynasty. When are you going to let it go?

    • flash8910 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Kings were actually last in goal scoring the year they won the Stanley Cup. Funny, huh.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Funny to you and me, flash. To esracerx46? Not so much. Thanks for the stat.

      • killerpgh - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Actually the Kings weren’t last in goals per game that year. The Wild scored .27 less goals per game in 2011-12

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Thanks, killer. That stat sort of puts them in the catbird seat. They’re second to last in scoring right now.

  5. jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    same gagner that got 8 points in one game right? yeah i would make that trade if i were the kings right now

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    One would have to imagine that if Gagner gets traded to L.A., his game would improve. Won’t be nearly as much pressure and he will be playing with better talent across the board.

    • bsaures - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I wouldnt count on too much improvement offensively he has been playing with guys who are just good offensively (only Kopitar had more points than Gagner last year) and they play a much more defensive system. I personally would not be surprised if his numbers dont improve

      • wtfkwp - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Sadly, I agree. He may be happier in LA though.

  7. flash8910 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Why didn’t they just do this awhile back when Scrivens was traded? They could have put together a better package.

  8. wtfkwp - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    “Due to the Kings’ salary cap constraints, speculation is that the Oilers may be forced to retain some salary.”

    I’m a Kings fan, but objectively speaking, this makes a laughing stock of the cap, and should not be allowed.

  9. uscthom78 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Oilers need to have a top 2 dman at minimum. That is not Martinez or Mitchell …..say goodbye to the Russian kings fans.

    • wtfkwp - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Muzzin is reportedly their speed, and I say let them have him.

  10. jkaflagg - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Clifford would be a good addition to the Oilers – brings it every night. That said, the 3rd line is his best-case scenario. Oilers would need more – probably at least Muzzin, since the Oil would also need to carry some salary to make Gagner fit under LA.s cap. Might have to return the 3rd rounder they got for Scrivens as well.

    • ron05342 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Please, take Muzzin. PLEASE!

  11. itswhereyourmindsat - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Getting rid of frattin would be nice too

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