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Sam Gagner | Winger

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 202
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Despite not making many moves this off-season, the Philadelphia Flyers look like they are better on paper.
Philadelphia parted ways with forward Zac Rinaldo, defenseman Nicklas Grossman and goaltender Ray Emery and they brought in Sam Gagner, Evgeni Medvedev and Michal Neuvirth. Gagner is a clear upgrade over an energy player like Rinaldo, and it would appear that Neuvirth is also an upgrade over Emery but the question comes on defense. Medvedev is a 32-year-old KHL veteran, who has no NHL experience and is one of eight defenders on the roster with a one-way contract. Jul 25 - 9:15 AM

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GM Ron Hextall did not buy out Sam Gagner and likes him in a Philadelphia uniform next season.

The Flyers traded the contract of Chris Pronger and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann to the Coyotes for Gagner and it was thought that Philadelphia could buy out the pivot. But that was not the case and look for Gagner to get a shot at second or third line duty. "We felt like he was a good fit," Hextall said. "We did our homework, we did our research, and everything came out good, so we feel good about Sam. Again, it upgrades the skill level of our team. It’s a one-year deal, which was attractive to us. We’re good with it, and quite frankly, I’ve always admired Sam’s skill. I think typical to a lot of young players. I think the defensive side of the game hasn’t been a strength, but I know he’s gotten better, and I know our coach and the rest of our players are going to demand that from him, as will everybody on our team."
Jul 2 - 9:15 AM

Sam Gagner will remain with the Flyers going into the 2014-15 season.

Philadelphia chose not to waive him and the club informed him that they are not looking to trade him. Gagner was hoping to stay after he was acquired from Arizona and he'll get his chance to try to get back on track. He recorded 15 goals and 41 points in 81 games last year.
Jun 30 - 1:23 PM

Sam Gagner is hoping to stay with the Flyers and he's plenty motivated.

"I feel like I have a lot to prove," he said. "I have a lot of people to prove wrong and plan on doing that. I'm as motivated as you can get." Coyotes GM Don Maloney stated the team dealt Gagner because they "didn't think he could play center at the National Hockey League level for us." GM Ron Hextall is still determining his plans for the 25-year-old forward, as he goes over the cap numbers. Philadelphia acquired Gagner and a conditional draft pick from Arizona over the weekend in exchange for Nicklas Grossmann and the final two years of Chris Pronger's contract.
Jun 29 - 12:40 PM

If the Flyers decide to buyout forward Sam Gagner, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to pay a potion of that.

If the Flyers do opt for the buyout on Gagner's contract, Tampa Bay will need to pay one third of the deal because they will be paying a portion of his contract for the 2015-16 season. The Lightning have no say in the matter, as it's Philadelphia's decision to make.
Jun 28 - 1:22 PM

While they're playing coy to the media, it sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers might buy out Sam Gagner.

At 25, the oddly hard-luck forward would probably get some decent offers on the free agent market. The move would affect both the Flyers and Lightning, as the latter team retained $1.6 million of his current contract when the Bolts traded him to the Coyotes.
Jun 27 - 6:37 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers made a bold move after the draft, sending Nicklas Grossmann and Chris Pronger's contract to the Arizona Coyotes for Sam Gagner and a conditional draft pick.

The Flyers unload dead money and get a reclamation project in Gagner. Gagner, still just 25, had 41 points in his only season with the Coyotes. There's potential for him to make a leap, even if he has his flaws.
Jun 27 - 4:27 PM

Sam Gagner's time in Arizona appears to be coming to an end.

Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney has made it clear that Sam Gagner is no longer a fit in his plans, and is considering buying the young veteran forward out if he cannot find a trade partner. Arizona is on the hook for just $3.2M of his $4.8M cap hit, and buying Gagner out would cost the team just over $500K for the next two seasons. Gagner did manage 15 goals and 41 points in 81 games for the Coyotes last season, his highest sum in three seasons for what it's worth.
Jun 26 - 6:40 PM

Sam Gagner tickled the twine in Arizona’s 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Saturday night.

Gagner scored late in the third period, his 15th of the year. He had 41 points in his first season in Arizona, quite the accomplishment considering this team was devoid of offense throughout the year. Martin Erat and David Moss got the assists.
Apr 12 - 12:17 AM

Sam Gagner had an assist in a 4-1 loss to Buffalo.

Gagner has recorded a point in three of his last four games. He has 13 goals and 38 points in 76 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 31 - 9:23 AM

Sam Gagner had an assist in a 5-4 overtime win on Tuesday.

Gagner has 12 goals and 35 points in 73 contests in 2014-15. That's even worse than he did last season, which itself was seen as a significant step backwards. That being said, Arizona's offense has been terrible overall this season and that's likely taken its toll on Gagner.
Mar 25 - 10:40 AM

Sam Gagner had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win on Thursday.

Gagner has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has 12 goals and 32 points in 64 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 10:21 AM

Sam Gagner scored two power play goals in the first period on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

Gagner had been pointless in his previous five games, and has managed 30 points through 61 games this season. It was his third multi-goal game in the desert and his 14th straight game he did not finish above zero in plus/minus, a span in which he's been -10.
Feb 26 - 10:54 PM

Sam Gagner was the lone goal scorer for Arizona in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Blues.

It took him 54 games, but Gagner finally reached double-digit goals on the campaign, which has been disappointing for those expecting a renaissance in the desert. Martin Erat and Michael Stone picked up helpers on the tally.
Feb 10 - 11:42 PM

Sam Gagner is on a three-game point streak.

Gagner had an assist to help Arizona earn a 3-2 win against Montreal on Sunday. He has nine goals and 26 points in 49 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 2 - 8:49 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Sean Couturier
3Vincent Lecavalier
4Ryan White
5Nick Cousins
6Chris VandeVelde
LW1Brayden Schenn
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4R.J. Umberger
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Sam Gagner
4Michael Raffl
5Colin McDonald
6Chris Porter
D1Mark Streit
2Michael Del Zotto
3Nick Schultz
4Andrew MacDonald
5Radko Gudas
6Luke Schenn
7Evgeni Medvedev
8Brandon Manning
G1Steve Mason
2Michal Neuvirth