Blue Jackets sign UFA Sam Gagner to one-year deal

Sam Gagner scored in his debut as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed UFA forward Sam Gagner to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.

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According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth $650,000.

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“Sam has scored 350 points and played in 600 games in the NHL and is still a young player who can be a solid contributor on our team,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a press release. “He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position.”

Gagner, 26, spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he registered eight goals and eight assists in 53 games. His season was cut short by a concussion suffered in November followed by a nine-game AHL stint with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being waived by the team. Gagner was recalled in late January, and contributed two assists during the playoffs before the Flyers were eliminated in Round 1 by the Washington Capitals.

The centreman joined Philadelphia in June 2015 as part of the deal that saw the Coyotes take on Chris Pronger‘s contract.

Gagner was a first-round pick (sixth overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in 2007, and has totalled 124 goals and 228 assists in 615 career regular season games between the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Flyers.

August 1, 2016

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Sam Gagner
Right Wing
AGE: 30
LENGTH:
1 Year
CONTRACT TYPE:
Free Agency
SALARY CAP HIT:
$650,000
TOTAL:
$650,000

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