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Oilers re-sign Sam Gagner (1yr/$3.2M)
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07-20-2012, 12:40 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
I think Gagner wants to be an Oiler, the Oilers want him to be here, but neither side is really sure how valuable he is. I think the one year deal was a mutual decision, and both sides are happy waiting another year in hopes of Gagner establishing himself as part of the young core going forward.
As for avoiding arbitration, Gagner's incentive to do that was to avoid losing the ruling and having to take the two years at the lower price. This way, he knows he's back on the market next year.
I think both sides will be more than satisfied if Gagner turns into a $5 million player by the end of next season.
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