Skip to content

Lightning send Purcell to Oilers, briefly acquire Gagner (Update)

Jun 29, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

On face value, the trade is interesting enough on its own: the Edmonton Oilers sent center Sam Gagner to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Ted Purcell on Sunday. That much we knew for sure when it happened.

Immediately after the move was announced, the scuttlebutt began about the Lightning buying Gagner out on Monday. As it turns out, Gagner was instead flipped with B.J. Crombeen to the Arizona Coyotes for cap space and a sixth-rounder.

(Click here for the specifics.)

Tampa Bay wasn’t done making moves, either, as they sent Nathan Thompson to the Anaheim Ducks for two low draft picks. (More here.)

As dramatic as the situation is for the Lightning, the Oilers have some questions to answer regarding how Purcell, 28, will fit into the mix and how they’ll replace Gagner, 24, in the lineup:

It was certainly an odd series of events, but ultimately, the Oilers swapped forwards, the Coyotes replaced Mike Ribeiro and the Lightning opened up money or at least made their situation more flexible. Everyone basically wins, right?

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I don’t get the trade. Unless Gagner is staying, I’m not sure why the trade was made in the first place.

  2. cordellanderson - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Headline in tomorrows paper: GOING, GOING, GAGNER!

    • James O'Brien - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      /Files that one away.

  3. pj608 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Maybe Gagners cap is less than Purcells? But they are both pretty good players an Edmonton needs centers so all together this makes no sense to me. But of there’s going to be a buyout it’s because less of a penalty for lower cap could be my only guess.

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I don’t understand why Gagner would be more advantageous from a buyout perspective. Isn’t his cap hit higher — according to this article?

      • pj608 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        yeah your right…. I missed that part. Should have held my toungue. Maybe they want him at wing?

  4. rsl22 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Lightning just got of another forward with size. Gonna be a small forward corp in Tampa. Some may think size is no big deal, but they sure don’t look tough to play against right now.

  5. jb8588 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Either way a good trade by the Bolts. Purcell didn’t fit in anymore and it opens a spot for younger guys like Panik, Connolly, Namenstikov, etc to step up.

  6. cordellanderson - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Gags Scores 90+ next year

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      That is a lot of goals.

  7. stevepopo - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Why would Gagner be bought out? And why wouldn’t Oilers just do that if that were the case? I’m very confused.

    I also thought Gagner might land in CHI, centering Kane again on the 2nd line.

  8. sabresfanallday - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    I thought he was a lot older lol

  9. letsgolightning - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    There’s something missing here. I feel like we may be making a run at Yandle or someone similar, and this will be a part of that trade.

  10. bolthead2589 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Haven’t the lightning already used both buyouts on Lecavalier and Malone?

    • letsgolightning - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Yes, they’ve used both of their compliance buyouts as allowed under the new CBA. However, teams are still free to buy out additional players, but under the old rules (meaning their buyout would count against the cap). I think the formula is 2/3 of their remaining salary for double the time left on the contract.

      • letsgolightning - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Correction: amounts are actually a little different due to his young age. Full details:

      • bolthead2589 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        So why give up teddy for gagne just to buy him out? Gange’s contract is worth more than Teddy’s, why not just buy out teddy? This makes no sense to me. I think this buyout rumor is crap, if anything we’ll use him in another trade. Hopefully for a D man.

    • 19to77 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Correct, but it wouldn’t have made sense even if they did have one left. Why would they trade a better, cheaper player in a one-for-one swap, then buy the more expensive guy out? They’d have just bought out Purcell. Some third GM has to have mentioned interest in Gagner to Yzerman. Picking him up as a trade piece is the only thing that makes sense.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Uh… alright then. Gonna trust in the wisdom of Steve Yzerman on this one. I’m sure he knows what he’s going for. I sure as hell can’t figure it out. The player they picked up is more expensive and less useful than the one they dealt… Unless he plans to use his Yzerman powers to convince Chicago Gagner’s suddenly a viable option when he wasn’t a week ago, I don’t see what Tampa gains in this. Gagner’s certainly not displacing any of their centers or right wings.

  12. kane987245 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    At this rate Sam will be traded to 6 teams by the time Free Agency starts. Jeeze.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      And then bought out.

  13. pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Palat – Stamkos – Gagner
    Drouin – Filppula – Callahan
    Panik – Johnson – Connolly

    Honestly this doesn’t fit too well but I’ve seen speculation we’re trading with Arizona.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      I would switch Gagner with Callahan and Palat with Drouin….. then you have Sniper Play maker two way. i am guessing they dont have a full roster for a 4th line since they traded everyone for 6th round picks???

  14. thefinalcut8 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Gagner to Phoenix. Maybe the bolts get Yandle? Maybe clearing cap space? Exciting to say the least

    • pfhockey - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      If the Bolts got Yandle for Gagner I demand we make a Yzerman Statue immediately. I’m going to buy a Yzerman jersey now.

  15. esracerx46 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Excuse me if I didn’t pay much attention to the actual tweet of Missy Zielinski. A quick Google search of her brings a wonderful photo from an old MySpace page.

  16. capsnbohs23 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Must be nice to have a GM make some moves, GMBM is sitting on his thumb

  17. Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Maybe Arizona wasn’t willing to trade with Edmonton directly :)

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1664)
  2. P. Kessel (1647)
  3. M. Richards (1393)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1241)
  5. N. Backstrom (1123)