Sam Gagner clears waivers, Oilers to assign forward to the Bakersfield Condors

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4 months ago
In a strategic move ahead of the March 8th NHL trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers have announced that veteran forward Sam Gagner has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the AHL Bakersfield Condors. This decision not only clarifies Gagner’s immediate future but also frees up valuable cap space for the Oilers as they navigate the trade market.
Gagner’s journey through waivers without being claimed indicates that there was limited interest from other NHL teams in acquiring the 34-year-old forward. Despite his experience and occasional flashes of skill, Gagner’s recent production of five goals and five assists in 27 games with the Oilers has been strong, but the team needs the roster space. However, his presence in Bakersfield offers an opportunity for him to stick with the organization and potentially work his way back into Edmonton’s plans.
For the Oilers, assigning Gagner to the AHL represents a strategic move to maximize roster flexibility and cap management. With the trade deadline looming, every dollar of cap space becomes crucial in potential trade negotiations. By moving Gagner to the AHL, the Oilers free up salary cap room, allowing them greater flexibility to pursue trades or make roster adjustments as needed.
Furthermore, Gagner’s assignment to the Bakersfield Condors could benefit both him and the organization. In the AHL, Gagner will have the opportunity to play significant minutes and contribute to the development of the Condors’ younger players. His experience and leadership qualities could prove invaluable in guiding the team and fostering a winning culture in Bakersfield.
While Gagner’s clearing of waivers and subsequent assignment to the AHL may not be the outcome he had hoped for, it presents an opportunity for him to continue his career and prove his worth to the Oilers organization. With determination and hard work, Gagner could potentially earn his way back onto the NHL roster and contribute to the Oilers’ push for playoff contention.
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, the Oilers’ decision to clear cap space by assigning Sam Gagner to the Bakersfield Condors sets the stage for potential roster moves in the coming days. While the immediate focus may be on trade discussions and roster adjustments, the journey of Gagner and his future with the Oilers will undoubtedly remain an intriguing storyline to watch unfold in the days and weeks ahead.


2023-24Bakersfield Condors*AHL314504
2023-24Edmonton OilersNHL275510100
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