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Lightning quick: Bolts flip Gagner to Coyotes

Jun 29, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

Well, that didn’t take long.

At first it seemed like the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Ted Purcell for Sam Gagner to possibly buy the Edmonton forward out. The more sensible thing (considering Ted Purcell’s comparable contract), was to move Gagner via another trade — and that’s exactly what happened, as the Bolts sent him to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Here are the particulars of the deal, via Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan:

Update: Per ESPN, Tampa Bay will retain one-third of Gagner’s salary ($1.6 million) in the deal.

With the move, the Lightning have cleared considerable cap space to work with when free agent frenzy opens on July 1, or in a trade. It seems likely the Bolts will target a blueliner — the defense needs help and it only has one right-handed shot under contract for next season in Radko Gudas. Tampa Bay was rumored to be interested in going after veteran righty Dan Boyle, but could also now get involved in the Matt Niskanen sweepstakes.

For Arizona, the club gets a potential top-line center in Gagner to replace the outgoing Mike Ribeiro, who on Friday was bought out of the remaining three years of his contract.

Now that we’ve settled the broader particulars, let’s delight in some of the jokes from this odd scene:

Circling back: We know that Gagner is now a member of the Arizona Coyotes and Purcell is with the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, the Lightning save some money.

Everyone good now?

*Takes a breath*

  1. letsgolightning - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    No Yandle though :(

    • pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      I seen a report stating that the Bolts got a 6th rounder in return. If we did, I’d cry.

      • jernster21 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        The entire purpose of all of this was to dump salary, the return was a 6th round pick.

  2. pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    HAHA! But I hope we get Yandle. Buy out Malone and sign key RFAs. If we do this would be a dangerous team. and much deeper than last year. Hedman, Garrison, Carle, Yandle top 4? I think I’ve just died.

    • stevebass2 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Based in how badly Don Maloney just robbed Yzerman, expect the only way that yandle heads to Tampa is if Stamkos and every Lightning first rounder forever is going the other way.

      • pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Yeah, I was hoping to get at least a 3rd rounder. This was a cap move, but dam, 6th round? should be a 3rd or 4th, I think why it was a 6th rounder was because it was compensatory for Gagner’s and Crombeen’s cap. But still. Maybe we’ll sign a solid shutdown d-man in free agency .

      • letsgolightning - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        I’d have preferred to give more and gotten Yandle in return, but I’m still very ok with this trade as-is. The Lightning cleared up a ton of cap room with no penalty. The pick is just bonus.

    • pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Anyways, I won’t complain, we need some cap space for the several contracts we need to sign in the next few years. We should have 13 mil after buying out Malone. Maybe we’ll sign Niskanen.

      • afrancis55 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        pfhockey is right. Ben Bishop will need a new contract at the end of this season and Stamkos will need one in two years. Not to mention, Tyler Johnson and Ondreji Palat will earn hefty paychecks as well further down the road.

      • pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Thanks, not to mention Connolly, Hedman, and Kucherov. Stamkos probably making 9 mil + for the new contract.

  3. mykem07 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I have to admit, this made me surprised. Then made me laugh.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Wow. Now the preceding trade makes sense.

  5. gbatap - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Unbelievable that at 24 and only a year removed from his best season, Gagner is only worth 1/2 a 6th round pick and some cap space.

  6. puckyou14 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    This was just to clear cap space. TB is looking to sign a few big free agents or make a trade. The only reason this would make sense.

  7. esracerx46 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    So to be clear…the lightning trade Gagner, Crombeen, and Purcell for cap relief and a 6 the round pick?

    Also, for Gagner. After all those trade rumors for so many years. He’s finally traded. Twice in the same day. Must be making up for it.

  8. dumbassgreg - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    people upset by just getting draft pick. still don t understand cap world. very good chance a few more of these kinds of trades are coming from detroit Philadelphia boston etc. just moving a player for cap room low draft pick .edmonton will now move a winger Purcell perron yakapov for a defenseman with a higher salary then them, Coburn boychuck etc

    • esracerx46 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Yakupov for a d man I can see. Purcell’s cap hit is 4.5, while Perron’s is 3.8. Johnny boychuck’s cap hit is 3.3. While your point is taken, perhaps you should do some research before you throw out names.

      Also, We all now how the salary cap works. And while cap space is a commodity, so are players. The players they traded aren’t completely useless and combined are worth more than a 6th round pick. What is cap space good for? Players. They dumped good players for essentially nothing to buy other players. I understand why they did it, but to dump them for nothing just to get money free either screams budget crunch, or some type collusion. At least when taken out of context. I don’t agree with getting so little in return.

      • jernster21 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Gagner isn’t worth more than a late round pick when 1) you don’t want him on your team 2) you don’t have to buy him out (which ISN’T a compliance buy out, thus would have counted against against their cap, totally defeating the reason for doing what they did). If I’m an owner and you tell me I’m buying out/paying a player who is never going to play a game for my team, I’m going to give you your walking papers.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        I don’t believe I said anything about him being bought out. I agree and was aware that his contract was ineligible to be a compliance buyout. However, I remember a few weeks ago Tim Murray saying he would be willing to buyout a player for you if a first round pick came his way. He ended up using both of his anyway.

        My only point is if you’re using Sam Gagner to acquire assets (picks,players,cap space), I would assume you could do better than a 6th round pick while retaining part of his salary. If the Hawks could dump Bollig for a 3rd..granted Gagner makes 3.5 million more. But Sam Gagner is an actual hockey player.

  9. jkaflagg - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Remember how the “rumor mill” had the LA Kings trading for Gagner to jump start their offense? Good reminder that “fit” is important in building a team, and that good organizations do more than just grab the guy with the best stats and most media speculation…..Gagner is a decent player but clearly Marion Gaborik was the right fit in LA.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      For arguments sake, pretty sure Gaborik is the better player. At least up until this point.

  10. trbowman - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Can PHT just refuse to call them the “Arizona Coyotes” ? Be trendsetters.

    I mean, it’s a much better boycott than the Redskins.

    LONG LIVE PHX.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Let’s call em the Glendale Coyotes, cuz they’re not really in Phoenix.

    • phx7355 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Always preferred “Phoenix” to “Arizona” myself, haha.

  11. 950003cups - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Oilers are dumb

  12. esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Sam Gagner went to the movies. When the movie was over, he turns on his phone ( I imagine he’s not the douche that leaves his phone on during the movie) and finds out he’s been traded…twice.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      “Hey Sam, It’s Stevie Y, just wanted to let you know that you’ve traded for you and we’re excited for what you’ll do for the organization, we look to achieve big things with you.”

      “Hey Sam, It’s Stevie Y again, just wanted to let you know that we have traded you to the Coyotes, it was hard to do because off all that you’ve meant to the team, we thank you for all of your contributions to the organization and wish you luck going forward.”

  13. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    well that was quick… My guess is that the TBL are going to make a move on getting Georges from Montreal which in my opinion any team would be blessed to have a defender of his caliber. Montreal is dumb for shopping this guy around. Would be a steal for TB though and a much needed player on their squad.

  14. sheckyrimshot - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    The coyotes should trade him to Ottawa so he could circumnavigate the entirety of north america without landing at a reasonable franchise for more than three hours.

  15. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    To me the Oilers offseason has been okay, nothing great… they’re clearly looking to get bigger (6’3 Purcell, 6’4 Nikitin), but Gagner had more upside than either. It’s hard to believe he’s only 24-25 cuz he’s been around so long; I like his fit in Phoenix (even with worse supporting cast). And I get the idea that Tampa wants to clear cap but they’re gonna need even more rookies to step up (depending on if Yzerman has a plan to add a big name). Interesting trade for sure, and we won’t know the winner for a year or two; still I thought Gagner had more value.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      they need defense… I dont understand why everything is offense offense offense. What Scrivens had a good appearance and now they expect him and Fasth to play like mad men every night? Even if they do and lets say they make the playoffs. This team the way they are built would be a first round knock out just like Tampa-Bay.

      You can only Blame your goal-tending so much…. its all about how the team in front plays. If the Fowards and the Defense dont play tight to the puck and all work together on getting the puck and taking care of it you will not go very far no matter who is in net for you.

      Look at how Quick played in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs and how Lundqvist played. Lundqvist out played another goalie in the playoffs (Tukka 2 years ago and Quick this year in SC finals) and he lost both times due to many turn overs and the team sitting on their heels. You can say the complete opposite about LA and Jonathan Quick. He played poorly but his team stepped it up and took care of the puck. Every pass was crisp and all of San Jose’s passes were broken up in one way or another.

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        you can also look at the Minnesota vs Colorado series….. Varlamov played very well in that series but the Wild took care of the puck a lot better towards the end and their goal tending was horrendous for the most part. If that team had a goalie with any kind of consistency they would of made it to the western conference finals. I wouldn’t say they would have beaten LA but it would have been a damn good series to watch.

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