Rumor Roundup: Gagner on the block?
The Edmonton Oilers’ decision to retain rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the remainder of the season has generated speculation over center Sam Gagner’s future with the club.
With Nugent-Hopkins centering the Oilers’ top line between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and Shawn Horcoff between Ryan Smyth and Ryan Jones on the second line, the Oilers shifted Gagner, formerly their second-line center, to right wing on the third line.
Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News reported scouts “from several teams” had been following the Oilers and suggested Gagner would be moved by the trade deadline, perhaps to the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, however, appear to have plenty of depth at center with Jason Arnott, Alex Steen, T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund.
Mark Everson of The New York Post reported the New Jersey Devils may have contacted the Oilers about Gagner.
The Devils currently have centers Travis Zajac (Achilles tendon) and Jacob Josefson (broken clavicle) sidelined and while Zajac might be back by Christmas, he will need time to get back up to game speed.