Oilers deal Sam Gagner to Lightning, then moved to Coyotes

The Oilers traded Sam Gagner to the Lightning on Sunday, June 29. 2014. (Codie McLachlan/QMI...

The Oilers traded Sam Gagner to the Lightning on Sunday, June 29. 2014. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency/Files)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

EDMONTON - Sam Gagners tour of duty with the Edmonton Oilers is over.

After seven often difficult seasons with the only NHL team hes ever known, he was traded twice in 90 minutes -- from Edmonton to Tampa Bay and from Tampa Bay to Arizona -- two days before a no movement trade in his contract kicked in.

The Oilers sent Gagner to the Lightning for 28-year-old right winger Ted Purcell and the Lightning immediately shipped Gagner and BJ Crombeen to the Coyotes for a sixth round draft pick.

Purcell is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who has 75 goals and 153 assists over 401 career games in the NHL.

Purcell admits the deal caught him totally flat-footed.

Its a bit of a shock and the phone is blowing up, but other than that its all good, he said.


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