Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Sam Gagner was traded twice Sunday, first going from the Edmonton Oilers to the Tampa Bay Lighting before winding up with the Arizona Coyotes.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he got a call from Oilers counterpart Craig MacTavish early Sunday for the Gagner trade.
By the time Maloney called back there was already a verbal agreement with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on a deal for Gagner.
The Oilers then acquired right wing Teddy Purcell from the Lightning for Gagner.
Trading Gagner, who has two years left on his contract at a cap hit of $4.8 million, was pursued by the Oilers because his no-trade clause was set to kick in July 1.
The Lightning later gave up Gagner and right wing B.J. Crombeen for the Coyotes’ sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Moving out Gagner and Crombeen opens up under $6 million in cap space for the Lightning.
“I wasn’t really expecting to be traded (again) today,” Gagner quipped after learning of the second trade.
Gagner, 24, had 10 goals and 27 assists in 67 games last season. He has two years remaining on a contract with an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $4.8 million.
“[Sam] has the intelligence, character and skill set we were looking for and we believe he has further growth in his game,” said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney.