Report: Oilers would consider moving Sam Gagner

Jan 8, 4:24 PM

As the 2013-14 NHL season passes the halfway mark, the Edmonton Oilers find themselves in all too familiar territory - near the bottom of the league's standings. With 33 points through 46 games, the Oilers sit in 29th place, three points back of the Calgary Flames and five points up on the Buffalo Sabres.

As such, rumors are swirling that change may be afoot, and according to multiple sources, forward Sam Gagner may be one of the first to go.

As Elliotte Friedman of CBC reports (via the Edmonton Journal), Gagner's name has indeed begun to pop up in trade talks.

(Gagner) signed a new three year contract with the team that did not have no-trade protection this year, but Craig MacTavish did promise him they would not deal him. So I think if it does happen, they would try to work with him to a situation he would be happy in if he does move on from the Oilers.

TSN's Darren Dreger adds "there is no question the Oilers would consider moving (Gagner). The expected rate of return would be a top-six forward, a top-four defenceman or a starting goalie."

The 24-year old is under contract with the club through the end of the 2015-16 NHL season, with an average annual valuation of $4.8-million.

Mar 5, 11:00 AM

Report: Teams calling the Oilers on Sam Gagner

Mar 5, 11:00 AM

Before the Olympic trade freeze trade buzz surrounding Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner was the primary fuel powering the NHL rumor mill. 

While "Gagner to the Kings" talk has slowed appreciably since then, Gagner trade talks have reportedly begun to heat up again ahead of the 3 P.M. EST trade deadline. From TSN's Darren Dreger:

A  major wrench in the wheel of the original negotiations between Edmonton and Los Angeles was Edmonton's unwillingness to retain a portion of Gagner's salary. According to Sportsnet's Marc Spector, however, the Oilers have relaxed their resistance to a retained salary transaction involving Gagner. 

Will that prove sufficient to lubricate the Gagner trade market? Or is it too little, too late?

Feb 18, 4:13 PM

Report: Kings unlikely to pursue trade for Sam Gagner, Predators may be interested

Feb 18, 4:13 PM

"Sam Gagner to the Kings" trade talk was all the rage prior to the Olympic break, but it appears Los Angeles will not pursue the Edmonton Oilers center once the NHL's roster freeze ends. 

In fact, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports "[Gagner to the Kings] was not close to being completed before the trade freeze," adding "things always have a way of changing, but it now appears doubtful that the Kings will resume their pursuit of Gagner."

This development may open the door for the Nashville Predators, according to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated

Nashville is thought to be looking for a young, offensive-minded center and it has a surplus of what Edmonton needs: young, talented defenders. The name of 2009 first rounder Ryan Ellis has been mentioned, but while he has a proven chemistry with Oilers winger Taylor Hall from their Memorial Cup-winning days in Windsor of the OHL, Edmonton might be looking for a blueliner who is a bit more defensively responsible. Jonathan Ismael-Daiby might be intriguing to the Oilers as part of a package, as would defensive center Austin Watson.

The NHL's Olympic roster freeze runs until 11:59 pm EST on Feb. 23, and the trade deadline is set for 3 pm on March 5.

Feb 7, 11:58 AM

Report: Oilers in no rush to trade Sam Gagner to Kings

Feb 7, 11:58 AM

TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger updated the Sam Gagner trade speculation on Friday morning, suggesting the Oilers may be opening up the conversation to teams other than the Los Angeles Kings.

Stay tuned.

Feb 6, 6:26 PM

Trade sending Gagner to LA still has significant kinks to roll out

Feb 6, 6:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are rumored to be talking about a deal that would send forward Sam Gagner to L.A. Although reports seem to be heating up, Bob McKenzie reported on TSN Radio 1050 there are still a few hurdles to get over before completing a deal.

"It's possible, there are some hurdles here and some of financial. They're after a player who has $4.8 million [cap hit] on his next three years, for this to happen Edmonton has to be prepared to take back a fairly significant chunk of salary. Absolutely LA and Edmonton have been talking about Gagner and Kyle Clifford [going to Edmonton]."

It is unlikely the deal goes down before the NHL's roster freeze at 3PM on Friday due to the challenges with salary.

Feb 6, 12:20 PM

Report: Kings, Oilers working on possible Gagner for Clifford trade

Feb 6, 12:20 PM

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are reportedly talking trade, with further details on specific players potentially involved.

Clifford, 23, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 Draft by the Kings. In 48 games this season, the winger has scored three goals and added two assists while averaging just over ten minutes per game. 

Feb 5, 2:06 PM

Report: Kings interested in trading for Sam Gagner

Feb 5, 2:06 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are interested in trading for Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.

Friedman cites the Kings' third-worst power-play and Gagner's productivity with the man advantage (15 points last season) as to why the two would be a good match, with the biggest hurdle being Los Angeles' cap situation.

Gagner carries a hit of $4.8 million US and L.A. is looking to contend, not subtract. I'm not sure how much (if at all) Edmonton is willing to eat of this contract.

In terms of what Edmonton might want in return, Friedman says  defenseman Jake Muzzin would be a likely target, but he'd be "stunned" if the Kings parted with the 24-year old. Apart from him, "L.A. only has five current defensemen locked up for next season and Matt Greene's injuries have complicated negotiations. Their best prospects aren't on the blue-line."

Gagner, also 24, has scored six goals and added 17 assists in 45 games for the Oilers this season.