The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Sam Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers today, giving up winger Teddy Purcell in the deal. Much like Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner has been rumoured to be on the outs in Edmonton for a year or more now, and this deal only sealed the deal on the inevitable.
Gagner was drafted 6th overall by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and recorded 295 points for the team in 481 games played. However, he has yet to play an NHL playoff game due to the Oilers complete (apparent) hatred of having any success in the league.
Purcell was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as an undrafted free agent in 2007, joining the Manchester Monarchs before moving to the NHL. He was traded from the Kings to the Lightning, along with a 3rd round pick, for Jeff Halpern. Since then, he’s put up 67 goals in 310 games, playing almost four full years in Tampa and being a staple as a top 6 winger. He currently has a salary of 4.5 million, opposed to Sam Gagner’s 4.8 million.
It’s surprising that the Oilers didn’t attempt to get a defender from the Lightning in the deal, as Edmonton continues to lack on the blue line compared to their talented forward core (which recently added Leon Draisaitl in the 2014 draft).
UPDATE: The Lightning have flipped Gagner to the Arizona Coyotes.