Sam Gagner got word tonight that he had been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Teddy Purcell. Great trade for both players as they get some new scenery to try and rejuvenate what have become stale careers. The deal looks really good for Gagner who gets to go to a team that made the playoffs last year, has a great goalie in Ben Bishop and one of the best players in the world for captain, Steven Stamkos.
I wonder if Gagner’s night then went like mine. He knows tomorrow will be a crazy day with the media and such and decides, let’s turn the phone off and relax with the new episode of True Blood. It’s the final season, let’s see what Sookie and the kooky characters on that show got into this week. It was a decent episode with some really odd disturbing moments in a town that was completely empty. Then after this hour of decompression he decides to hit twitter to see what the reactions are of both Oiler and Lightning fans.
What? Eight voice mails? That’s odd.
What he would then find out is that in the mean time he was traded from Tampa Bay along with B.J. Crombeen to Phoenix for a sixth round pick. Sorry Sam, but at least you keep the warm weather and play for a team that is closer to the playoffs than the Oilers.
In all seriousness, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN the Lightning cleared up $5.6 million in cap space before Tuesday’s Free Agent Frenzy begins. The Coyotes get a player who can play capable center but could develop into something really special at wing. The Oilers get rid of a cloud that has been hanging over the franchise for a few years along with breaking the seal on what could be a summer of moves for them.
(The whole Sam Gagner watching True Blood thing was a joke by the way. I think of him as more of a Breaking Bad kinda guy.)
Update: Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that Tampa Bay is keeping 1/3 of Gagner’s salary. This now three-way deal seems to be favoring the Arizona Coyotes.