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Sam Gagner | Center | #89

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 202
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (6) / EDM
Contract: view contract details

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Sam Gagner, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday, reviewed video with Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella of his recent.
Gagner seems to understand what areas he needs to work on. "Skating and making plays," Gagner said. "I know I’m capable of that. I think there’s been a little too much thinking from me, especially (against Boston). I was trying to think my way through the game instead of moving my way through the game." He has no points in two games this season. Oct 22 - 8:48 AM

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Sam Gagner will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

That possibility had previously been talked about, but it seems Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has finalized his decision. With Gagner heading to the press box, Lukas Sedlak will make his NHL debut.
Oct 21 - 1:11 PM

Sam Gagner might be a healthy scratch for Friday's game.

Obviously there's a lot of time before that contest, so things could change, but Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella seems to be at least entertaining that possibility. "I’m not sure where he’s at now, or where he is for our next game," Tortorella said. "If I can’t use Sam in an offensive position, it’s hard for me to keep him in the lineup. I’m not exactly sure what the lines are going to be, but I need more from Sam offensively for him to stay in the lineup." Gagner had no points and just one shot on goal in Columbus' first two games.
Oct 18 - 4:46 AM

Sam Gagner has a lot to prove this season in Columbus.

The once highly-regarded center has fallen on hard times as the Flyers used him in a fourth line role last season, when they used him at all. Gagner was drafted sixth overall in 2007 but saw his first minor league time last season. He has a new start in Columbus and will try to be a top six player this season. Gagner has had some huge stretches in the NHL where he has looked like a star including an eight point game with the Oilers but needs to re-establish himself this season if he hopes to get another big contract. Look for 20 goals and 45-50 points this season under John Tortorella.
Oct 2 - 7:59 AM

Sam Gagner has a goal and four points in two exhibition games with Columbus.

Gagner has also found the back of the net in a shootout. After playing a limited role with Philadelphia in 2015-16, this is an opportunity for him to start fresh. "He keeps on making a case for himself," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It looks like he’s handling the speed (well). Last night, (in Boston) was a much quicker game than our games against St. Louis. He made some good plays, made a nice play to Zaar and scored just a beautiful goal in the shootout."
Sep 28 - 4:53 AM

Sam Gagner, looking for a new start with the Blue Jackets, opened his preseason Monday night in impressive fashion.

Gagner, who was signed to a one-year contract by the Blue Jackets in the off-season. picked up an assist and scored in the shootout to help Columbus beat the Boston Bruins 3-2. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves on 31 shots for the Blue Jackets. Forward Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets. Forward Jimmy Hayes scored for Boston, while goalie Anton Khudobin made 11 saves on 13 shots in two periods.
Sep 26 - 11:19 PM

Sam Gagner is looking forward to a fresh start with Columbus.

"I'm working hard this summer to be ready," Gagner said. "I'm ready to be the player I know I can be again. I'm going to get to Columbus early and get settled before camp. This was part of the allure with Columbus, actually, that it's a place where I think I could maybe be a long-term fit. I've bounced around the last couple of seasons. I'm kind of looking for stability." He feels he is better than his 2015-16 statistics would indicate and is anxious to bounce back with the Blue Jackets.
Aug 1 - 6:19 PM

The Blue Jackets have announced the signing of Sam Gagner to a one-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed but it's believed to be for $650,000. Gagner produced just 16 points in 53 games with Philadelphia last season. However, he could be a second- or third-line player for the Blue Jackets. "Sam has scored 350 points and played in 600 games in the NHL and is still a young player who can be a solid contributor on our team," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position."
Aug 1 - 11:09 AM

Sam Gagner's pending deal with Columbus could become official on Monday.

It will reportedly be a one-year contract worth $650,000. That would be a considerable bargain for a player who is coming off a three-year deal with an annual average value of $4.8 million. Stay tuned.
Aug 1 - 11:02 AM

Sam Gagner is reportedly close to signing a one-year contract with Columbus, according to sources.

If the Blue Jackets add Gagner then he could compete with Alexander Wennberg for the second-line center spot. Gagner picked up eight goals and 16 points in 53 contests with Philadelphia last season.
Jul 30 - 1:01 PM

Sam Gagner is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

He produced just eight goals and eight assists in 53 appearances with the Flyers last season. Gagner averaged just 13:52 of ice time, but could be more useful than that if he plays regularly.
Jul 29 - 5:03 PM

Sam Gagner recorded an assist in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 3 Monday night.

Although Gagner had played in 615 career regular season games through the 2015-16 campaign, this is his first playoff series. His point on Monday was also his first career postseason point.
Apr 19 - 9:21 AM

Sam Gagner is going to the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Gagner was with the Edmonton Oilers for the first seven seasons of his career and last season with the Arizona Coyotes so this is his first opportunity to play in the post-season as the Flyers clinched a spot in the playoffs Saturday. "It feels great," Gagner said. "It’s why you play hockey — to play in meaningful games and to play into the playoffs." Gagner has eight goals and 16 points in 51 games this season so he really isn't a viable option in playoff pools unless you think the Flyers are going a long way.
Apr 10 - 10:02 AM

Sam Gagner picked up his third goal of the season Saturday.

It has been a horrible season for the 26-year-old and he has just eight points this year. Gagner had some good seasons in Edmonton but it looks like his career has stagnated. He has been in the minors this season so don't expect a lot from the center.
Feb 21 - 9:27 AM

Sam Gagner is expected to center the Flyers' top line in Claude Giroux's place during Saturday's match with Toronto.

Gagner will slot between Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds in what could his last best chance to prove to the league at large he still belongs in the NHL. Gagner has posted just two goals and seven points in 28 games this season.
Source: Mike Brophy
Feb 20 - 5:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Sam Gagner
3Alexander Wennberg
4William Karlsson
5Gregory Campbell
6Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
5Sonny Milano
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Josh Anderson
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
3Jack Johnson
4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
7Scott Harrington
8Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney
3Joonas Korpisalo