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Oilers trade Ryan Spooner to Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Sam Gagner

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Edmonton Oilers have traded Ryan Spooner to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Sam Gagner. No salary was retained in the deal. 

With the Edmonton Oilers looking to shed dollars as we head into the trade deadline and offseason, Elliotte Friedman caused quite a stir on social media this morning when he reported that the Oilers could be closing in on a deal to bring Sam Gagner back to Edmonton. It wasn’t just because the Oilers are talking about bringing Sam Gagner back after five years apart, but also because what was rumoured to be going the other way.

Yes, friends, that’s right — Ryan Spooner. The same Ryan Spooner that was acquired only a few short months ago is now on his way out of town as the Oilers look to basically undo all of Peter Chiarelli’s work from earlier in the year. From a cap perspective, this trade doesn’t save the Oilers any money because New York retained $900K on the Spooner trade, but it does make the Eberle trade tree look even funnier. I can’t help but laugh when I think of Jordan Eberle being turned into Ryan Strome who turned into Ryan Spooner who was then moved for Sam Gagner. You can’t even make this stuff up, ya know? Even so, as funny as this is, it’s hard not to see this trade as a small win for the Oilers.

Considering that Gagner didn’t really fit into the Canucks’ plans nor does Spooner fit in Edmonton, this is a move that could make sense for both sides. Maybe both players would benefit from a reset? On the Oilers end of things, this team has talked about bringing in character players for as long as I can remember and if there’s one thing that Sam Gagner has in spades it’s a reputation for being a quality teammate. Combined with last night’s Talbot trade, the Oilers have shed over $3 million without having to retain any salary on either of the deals and, in my opinion, that’s some pretty decent work by Gretzky.

Obviously, it remains to be seen where Gagner will fit in with the Oilers down the stretch and into next season, but the team is already starting to accomplish some of the goals they set out for themselves as we approach the trade deadline. It this the perfect trade? Far from it. But one thing it does do is give the Oilers a dose of character that they were looking for while also ridding themselves of a terrible contract.

What do you guys think?

GAGNER’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 13 36 49 23 -21
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 16 25 41 51 -1
2009-10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 15 26 41 33 -8
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 15 27 42 37 -17
2011-12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 18 29 47 36 5
2012-13 Klagenfurt AC Austria 21 10 10 20 8
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 14 24 38 23 -6
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 10 27 37 41 -29
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 81 15 26 41 28 -28
2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 8 8 16 25 4 6 0 2 2 8
2015-16 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 9 1 5 6 4 3
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 18 32 50 22 10 5 0 2 2 2
2017-18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 10 21 31 35 -18
2018-19 Vancouver Canucks* NHL 7 1 2 3 4 -3
2018-19 Toronto Marlies AHL 43 12 25 37 12 -7
NHL Totals 777 153 283 436 358 11 0 4 4 10

Source: Bob McKenzie, Verified Twitter Account, 2/16/2019 – 10:11 am MT