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Sam Gagner's turn in Oilers' doghouse

Sam Gagner was demoted to the Oilers fourth line on Friday. (Edmonton Sun file photo)

Sam Gagner was demoted to the Oilers fourth line on Friday. (Edmonton Sun file photo)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

ANAHEIM - There aren’t many veterans who’ve managed to escape the bullets.

And on a last-place team, that shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Ryan Smyth suffered the indignity of being a healthy scratch.

Ryan Jones opened the season in Oklahoma City.

Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz have both been sent to the press box.

Devan Dubyk watched Edmonton bring in another goalie to try and take his job.

And Friday in Vancouver, it was Sam Gagner’s turn in the crosshairs.

He found himself demoted to the fourth line between Ryan Jones and Luke Gazdic in Edmonton’s 4-0 loss to the Canucks.

“I talked to Sam earlier in the day and let him know where I was coming from and why my decision was made,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, who is going where previous coaches wouldn’t when it comes to underachievement.


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