NHL teams can begin making trades again Sunday night at midnight. I think the Oilers will be active. The club will want to offload their rentals and there’s still that Sam Gagner item Elliotte Friedman floated a few weeks ago. David Staples details the latest Sam Gagner to LAK rumors (it’s dead) and then passes on a Nashville rumor too.
I’m encouraged the Oilers walked away from the Los Angeles deal, Lombardi is at the smart end of the GM spectrum. Maybe call Montreal. If they’re going to deal Gagner do it in the summer. Nashville is going to offer prospects and picks this time of year, better to wait and see what you can get leading up to the draft. Or hell, keep the guy! I know that’s not terribly popular but Samwise and his terrible year have a solid back story. This isn’t a slump so much as recovery from an assault.
SAM GAGNER PLAYER CARD
GAGNER’S POWER-PLAY BOXCARS
- 2012-13: 48, 4-11-15
- 2013-14:47gp, 1-4-5
I think the Oilers will go bigger at 2C next season, and suspect Gagner is sent away as part of the deal. Those things understood, I sincerely hope he rips it up when things start up again. Edmonton needs to get full value for their former future.