Columbus Blue Jackets have confirmed the signing of former Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers center Sam Gagner to a one-year deal worth $650,000.
Selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Oilers, Gagner spent seven seasons in Alberta before being traded to Tampa Bay in June 2014. The Lightning then quickly moved Gagner, and B.J. Crombeen, to Arizona in exchange for a sixth round pick at the 2015 draft.
He spent just one year with the Coyotes before being traded to Philadelphia, scoring eight goals and 16 points in 53 games for the Flyers last season. He added a further two assists in six post season contests.
To date, Gagner has featured in 615 career NHL games over the course of nine seasons, registering 124 goals and 352 points during that span. He has reached the 40 point plateau on six occasions, posting a career high 49 points in his rookie season.
“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,” said Blue Jackets’ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position.”
The 26-year-old hit the headlines in February 2012 when he recorded an 8-point (four goals, four assists) night as Edmonton routed Chicago 8-4, becoming the first NHL player to record the feat in 23 years.
Gagner also won a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and the Spengler Cup with Team Canada in 2013.