Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, avoiding arbitration that was scheduled for later today. The deal will pay him $4.8 million per campaign.
Gagner made $3.2 million last season and went on to score 14 goals and 38 points in 48 games, a big improvement that would have seen higher numbers had the season been longer. He was drafted by the Oilers in the first round (6th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and was signed to a 3-year, entry level contract with the Oilers just days before the NHL season. As the league’s youngest player in 2007–08, he tallied 49 points in 79 games playing between wingers and fellow rookies Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson on a combination dubbed the “Kid Line”.
His biggest career milestone occurred on February 2, 2012, when Gagner scored four goals and four assists against the Chicago Blackhawks, tying the team record of eight points, previously set by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Gagner signed with Klagenfuter AC of the Eishockey Liga in Austria, inking 20 points in 21 games.
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