It has been reported that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner.
To be clear, I can’t assure you Clifford + a pick or prospect for Gagner + EDM retaining $ is guaranteed to happen but it’s being discussed.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 6, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings are looking to add a scoring touch as the NHL schedule is narrowing down – they are currently ranked 29th in the league for average goals scored per game. The Buffalo Sabres are the only team below the Kings in average goals per game, the Sabres average is 1.82, and the Kings average 2.26 – there is some room, but it is nothing to brag about.
I am not sure that Gagner is the answer to their scoring woes, he has never had a season with more than 20 goals – this season he has scored 6 goals and has 17 assists in 45 games played. One could make the argument that Gagner is overshadowed by other talent in the Oiler organization, and he is struggling to find his place on the team – also should be noted that the Oilers have not been competitive during Gagner’s time on the team.
It is apparent that the Kings are looking to add more scoring, as they have also been linked to Matt Moulson and Thomas Vanek. They may also be willing to take a gamble on a player like Sam Gagner who has a cap hit of $4.8 million, but as you saw from the tweet, that may be what is holding up the deal.