NHL Betting News – Sam Gagner traded to Arizona

  • Updated: July 1, 2014
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    NHL center Sam Gagner traded twice in the same day

    By Ian Palmer

    In NHL betting news, Sam Gagner was a member of 3 NHL teams on June 29. He started out with Edmonton, was then traded to Tampa Bay and ended up in Arizona. Edmonton originally traded Gagner to Tampa Bay for right-winger Teddy Purcell and the Lightning then decided to ship Gagner out to Phoenix along with right-winger B.J. Crombeen for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

    Gagner said his emotions have been up and down since the deals took place. He stated that his agent told him there could be anther deal in the works once the trade with Tampa Bay was worked out. He admitted that he wasn’t really prepared to be dealt twice in the same day, but at least he was warned that it was a possibility. After all was said and done though, it’s remarkable that the Coyotes came away with two good players in Gagner and Crombeen and only had to part ways with a sixth-round draft pick to land them both.

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    The Coyotes bought out center Mike Ribeiro on June 27 and were looking for somebody to replace him in the lineup. Don Maloney, the general manager of Arizona, said the trade came together quite quickly and it was too good of a deal to turn down. The 24-year-old Gagner played 67 games with the Oilers last season and scored 37 points on 10 goals and 27 assists. He sat out the first 13 contests of the campaign due to a broken jaw he suffered in a pre-season game. Gagner has two years to go on his current contract which will cost the Coyotes $4.8 million per year towards the salary cap. He has 101 goals and 194 assists for 295 points in 481 career games, all with Edmonton.

    Gagner was originally chosen with the sixth overall pick by the Oilers in the 2007 draft. His career highlight so far was an eight-point game (four goals and four assists) against the Chicago Blackhawks in February of 2012. Maloney said Gagner has the skill and character that his club was looking for and he’s also getting better each year. The 28-year-old Crombeen adds some toughness to the Arizona lineup. He scored three goals and seven assists last season in 55 games and served 79 minutes in penalties. He’s played 387 regular season NHL games and has 771 minutes in penalties.

    Crombeen has one year to go on his current deal which will see him paid $1.15 million. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Maloney said Crombeen will fit in well with Arizona since he is a big, strong player who has a lot of leadership qualities both on and off the ice. The 28-year-old Purcell, who ended up in Edmonton with the Oilers, scored 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points last season in 82 games. He is regarded as a tough competitor and has missed just three games over the last four years. He has two years to go on his current contract with the Oilers on the hook for $4.5 million towards the salary cap each year.

    The Lightning also made another trade after dealing Purcell when they sent 29-year-old center Nate Thompson to the west coast to join the Anaheim Ducks. Tampa Bay received a fourth and seventh-round pick in next summer’s NHL Draft for him. Thompson played 81 games with Tampa last season and scored 16 points on nine goals and seven. He has three years to go on his contract at $1.6 million each season.

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    In NHL betting news, Sam Gagner was a member of 3 NHL teams on June 29. He started out with Edmonton, was then traded to Tampa Bay and ended up in Arizona.
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