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Sam Gagner, Oilers avoid arbitration, agree to 3-year, $14.4 million deal

Sean Leahy
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Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing at 9 a.m. ET Monday, but the two sides beat the clock and came to an agreement on a 3-year, $14.4 million deal, according to Sportnet's Nick Kypreos.

TSN's Ryan Rishaug points out that Gagner's new deal includes no-movement and no-trade clauses, both of which are for just the 2014-15 season only.

Prior to their scheduled hearing, Gagner had asked for $5.5 million, while the Oilers countered with $3.5 million.

The 23-year old Gagner recorded 38 points in 48 games in 2013, which is a nice sign for his production going forward considering he averaged 44 points a year over his first five NHL seasons. Tyler Dellow took a deeper look at his numbers, comparing him to forwards who are of UFA age for the next year and earning between $5.3 million and $7 million. Gagner's stats aren't that far away from the rest, and with this new deal he's the cheapest of that specific bunch.

The 3-year deal buys two years of unrestricted free agency, which Oilers radio host Bob Stauffer reports will be the years Gagner makes $5 million a season.

There has yet to be an arbitration hearing, as 11 of the 21 players who filed have reached an agreement with their teams beforehand. Up next is Bryan Little of the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday; but given how things have gone and the way general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has done business, expect a deal soon.

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