Sam Gagner to Flyers: Latest Trade Details, Comments, Reaction

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-06-27

According to Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, his team has acquired center Sam Gagner from the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger.  The Flyers also receive a conditional draft pick for 2016 or 2017. Chris Johnston of SportsNet has the figures for how much Gagner will earn next season. Gagner recorded 15 goals with the Coyotes last season, his only year with the team. Adding 26 assists for 41 points, it's his highest scoring output since 2011-12 when he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers, the team that drafted him in 2007.  Grossmann led a struggling Flyers defense with a plus-8 rating. He had five goals an

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Flyers trade Pronger’s contract for Sam Gagner

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-06-27

The Philadelphia Flyers traded the contract of Chris Pronger plus defenceman Nicklas Grossmann to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for centre Sam Gagner and a conditional 2016 or 2017 draft pick. Gagner had 15 goals and 26 assists in 81 games for the Coyotes last season, but it was clear the Coyotes wanted to part ways with the 25-year-old. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reported Friday the Coyotes were seriously considering buying out Gagner’s contract if they could not find a suitable trade partner. The most interesting detail of the trade, though, is the fact it involves Pronger, who hasn’t played an NHL game since 2011. The future Hall of Famer has been recovering from concuss

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Despite thin free agent class, we’re in for a hectic of a summer

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-06-27

SUNRISE, Fla. – Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was asked whether he’d ever expected to come out of this draft having selected only four players and not having made a single trade. Rutherford is big on the making deals, as you know. But he rubbed his chin, thought for a second and said, “Yeah, actually I thought that’s what we were doing.” Don’t let the flurry of deals at the draft fool you. With four days to go before July 1, GMs are keeping their powder dry and being patient. They’ve realized that with so many teams up against the salary cap, the more patience they display, the better chance they have of getting a player at a reasonable price. Case in point was the tra

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Senators land trio of forwards on 2nd day of draft

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-06-27

SUNRISE, Fla. — Jared Cowen’s development on the Ottawa Senators’ blue line made Eric Gryba expendable. With a logjam at defence, the Senators traded Gryba to Edmonton on Saturday for prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick. "We had too many defencemen," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. "It allows us to play Jared Cowen on a regular basis now. It gets us down to seven defencemen." Murray’s other goal was to clear room to sign unrestricted-free-agent defenceman Chris Wideman, an offensive-minded player he thinks is ready for NHL duty. The longtime GM believes Wideman will be particularly useful in three-on-three overtime situati

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NHL Draft 2015: Team-by-Team Letter Marks After Day 1 Results

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-06-27

The 2015 NHL draft could turn out to be a memorable one because of the talent at the top of the first round. The selections of Connor McDavid by the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel by the Buffalo Sabres could turn out to be monumental for those two teams because both players have off-the-charts talent and are expected to become impact players in their rookie years. McDavid and Eichel dominated the draft talk in the days and weeks preceding their selection at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. However, there were 28 other players selected in the first round, and many of them will have a chance to become productive players and possibly develop into superstars by the time t

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NHL Free Agents 2015: Rumors and Predictions for Martin St. Louis and More

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-06-27

The 2015 NHL free-agent crop isn't among the deepest and most talented in recent memory, but there are still several quality players to be had, and there will be no shortage of action when the signing period opens July 1. While players cannot sign until that date, there has already been a great deal of buzz regarding where some free agents might ultimately land. Many teams are in transition due to the draft and trades, but free agency will represent an opportunity for organizations to round out their rosters for the 2015-16 season. As teams continue to jockey for position and prepare to sell themselves to prospective free agents, here is a rundown of the latest rumors surrounding some of th

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What do the Edmonton Oilers come away with from the 2015 NHL Draft?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-06-27

The Edmonton Oilers were awfully busy over the weekend, finding themselves at the centre of no fewer than four trades with two of those being significant deals. New general manager Peter Chiarelli started to put his stamp on the team, both with the trades and with the picks themselves. What does the team’s work look like in the big picture? Let’s walk through the club’s decisions. Oilers draft C Connor McDavid No. 1 overall. No surprises here. McDavid is now the most important piece of the Oilers’ franchise, the rock that the team will be built on for the next decade. Edmonton is incredibly fortunate to get this player. Oilers acquire D Griffin Reinhart from the Isla

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2015 NHL Draft Results: Biggest Takeaways from This Year's Event

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-06-27

The 2015 NHL Draft was supposed to be all about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Instead, the consensus top picks were quickly overshadowed by big trades and other intriguing picks in what was a very deep draft that led to plenty of debate. McDavid and Eichel will no doubt leave lasting impressions in Edmonton and Buffalo, respectively, but so much happened over the weekend that the takeaways are plenty.Begin Slideshow

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Edmonton Oilers wrap up 2015 draft by selecting gigantic defender Ziyat Paigin 209th overall

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-06-27

The Edmonton Oilers saw a busy draft weekend to a close with a pair of consecutive seventh round picks, Czech netminder Miroslav Svoboda (described here by Jonathan Willis) at #208, followed immediately by Russian defenceman Ziyat Paigin (alt. Paygin). The latter is a 20-year-old defender who played last season with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, for whom he played 33 games. His boxcars of 1-1-2, 2 PiM, +3, suggest limited ice time and modest success. Paigin also played for Russia at the World Juniors, where he won a silver medal. The first thing that grabs one’s attention about Paigin is his immense size, currently listed at 6’6, 209 pounds. International Scouting Services ranked thi

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Edmonton Oilers load up on aggressive defencemen at the 2015 Draft

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-06-27

The Edmonton Oilers walked away from the 2015 NHL Draft with fewer prospects than most expected after making a number of trades, but even so the team managed to add some depth to the organization, primarily on defence, with its later picks at the annual event.

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Round One: Winners and Losers

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-06-27

The first round of the 2015 NHL entry draft was as hyped an event as I can remember there being in the NHL and it did not disappoint. Here is my list of winners and losers from Friday night: Connor McDavid: The generational talent is finally officially a member of the Edmonton Oilers. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports) WINNER: The Edmonton Oilers  Drafting Connor McDavid was an obvious choice, but he’ll step into the NHL next year and immediately be one of the best players in the league. It’s not every day you add a player whose career will be a disappointment if he doesn’t end up in the Hall of Fame. McDavid wasn’t the only excellent move the Oilers made Friday night

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OILERS AT 209: ZIYAT PAYGIN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-06-27

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