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Sam Gagner is motivated to "prove some people wrong next season" as a member of the Coyotes.

He has seven NHL seasons under his belt and he's set to turn just 25 years old next month. Gagner recorded 49 points in his rookie campaign, but he hasn't been able to surpass that mark ever since. He should get plenty of opportunities to succeed in Arizona and the change of scenary could finally translate into a breakout season.

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Newly acquired center Sam Gagner is expected to see more power play time with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Gagner was stuck behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and finished seventh on the Oilers in power play time on ice with 174:58 as he had only one goal and seven points with the man-advantage. The Coyotes will need first line power play players as they bought out Mike Ribeiro and should lose Radim Vrbata to free agency.

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Sam Gagner was traded twice Sunday, winding up with the Arizona Coyotes.

Gagner was traded earlier Sunday by the Edmonton Oilers to the Tampa Bay Lightning for right winger Teddy Purcell. He wasn't with Tampa Bay long enough for a cup of coffee, though, as the Lightning quickly turned around and dealt him and right winger B.J. Crombeen to the Phoenix Coyotes for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Gagner, 24, had 10 goals and 27 assists in 67 games last season after missing the first 13 games because of a broken jaw. He has two years remaining on a contract with an annual $4.8 million NHL salary-cap charge, according to CapGeek.com. Gagner was the No. 6 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft and had eight points (four goals, four assists) in a game Feb. 2, 2012 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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The Edmonton Oilers have traded Sam Gagner to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Teddy Purcell.

Gagner, whose future in the NHL is likely as a winger, has two years left on his contract at a cap hit of US$4.8 million. The 24-year-old had long been the subject of trade rumours with Edmonton mulling changes amid a long playoff drought. Purcell, a 28-year-old right-winger, has two years left at a cap hit of $4.5 million. He had 12 goals and 30 assists in 81 games this past season.

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Sam Gagner had an assist in the Oilers' 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.

Gagner is on a three-game point streak. It's a rare bright spot in what has been a largely disappointing season for him as he has 10 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.

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Sam Gagner and David Perron had a miserable game against the Flames.

Both were minus four with no points in Calgary's 8-1 rout of the Oilers Saturday night. Taylor hall went minus three for the evening. Jeff Petry was the only Oiler player to score in the lopsided loss. The Battle of Alberta turned into a massacre.

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Sam Gagner returned to action on Sunday March 16.

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Coach Dallas Eakins is "hopeful" that Sam Gagner will play Thursday night.

He took part in the morning skate after he was injured late in Tuesday's shootout win over Minnesota. The Oilers called up Anton Lander on Wednesday to play in Gagner's place if he's unable to go.

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Sam Gagner scored once and assisted on the other in the Oilers 4-2 loss to Los Angeles Sunday.

After a very slow start to the season in which he missed the opening two weeks of the season as he broke his jaw during training camp, Gagner has 11 points in his last 12 games. Gagner is worth looking at late next season as most will look at this season and see only seven goals and 30 points with a minus-20 rating in 52 games.

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Sam Gagner is doing his best to block out the trade rumors.

Gagner admitted that it's harder to do as we get closer to the trade deadline. "I've had trade rumors before in my career, but this feels a little different," Gagner said. His no-movement clause won't kick in until the 2014-15 campaign, so if the Oilers wanted to deal him, now would be the ideal time. After years of floundering near or at the bottom of the league, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Oilers do something bold on the trade market.