NEW YORK - Sam Gagner is not oblivious to the rumours.
The Edmonton Oilers centre knows his named is being associated with all types of trades scenarios as the Olympic roster freeze approaches.
“It’s something where you try and block it out,” Gagner said. “I think it’s an easier thing to do the further you are from the trade deadline, but as it creeps up, it’s sometimes hard. I think it’s important just to focus on your game. I have some things that I need to continue to get better at, and that’s something that I’m trying to focus on right now, trying to help this team win games, and hopefully, I can do that heading towards the stretch here.”
Gagner, 24, has been part of all the misery the Oilers have endured these past seven years. He’s been through five coaching changes and has never played a playoff game.
This summer, Gagner signed a three-year, $14.4-million extension, which makes him a $4.8-million cap hit.