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Can L.A. land Gagner before Friday's deadline?

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07:38 AM ET 02.07 | Sam Gagner's days in Edmonton, where he was originally drafted in 2007 and for which he has played nearly 500 games, may soon be over. [A source] told ESPN.com on Thursday that trade talks have intensified between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings regarding Oilers center [Gagner]. Gagner carries a $4.8 million cap hit through the 2015-16 season, so he's not your traditional rental player. And Los Angeles has very little wiggle room under the salary cap, so it's unclear yet how they could do this before Friday's deadline. But the Kings are desperate for offense, sitting 29th in goals per game at 2.26. The Kings are also believed to have interest in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek -- all three of whom have expiring contracts.

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February 7, 2014  08:23 AM ET

Lots of guys on the Kings can cover for Gagner's lack of defense. The big problem is that the Oilers overpaid him on his contract so they either suck up a chunk of it or he isn't going anywhere.

February 7, 2014  08:48 AM ET

Vanek and MacDonald for Toffoli, Jones and DEF prospect.....DO IT!!

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February 7, 2014  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lots of guys on the Kings can cover for Gagner's lack of defense. The big problem is that the Oilers overpaid him on his contract so they either suck up a chunk of it or he isn't going anywhere.

If I'm MacT, just about the only trade I'd take for Gagner is a D-man. Matt Greene would do nicely. He should've never left the Oilers to begin with. Greene is just one more of the many stupid, bone-head trades orchestrated by the brilliant "know how to win cups" GM Kevin Lowe.

February 7, 2014  09:50 AM ET
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Two pending UFA's for quality young talent?You do know the Kings' GM won the Cup barely two years ago, and isn't named "Snow" "Burke" or "Holmgren", right?

Why must you crush my hopes and dreams with logic, Danny? Why?

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February 7, 2014  10:16 AM ET

I won't hold the minus 20 against him as the Oilers as a team aren't good this year, but the 4.8M kid has never has scored even a twenty goal season. That's offence?

February 7, 2014  10:20 AM ET

Watch Cally get sent that way, but with our luck Sather would get Ryan Smyth

February 7, 2014  10:37 AM ET
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.... the 4.8M kid has never has scored even a twenty goal season. That's offence?

No. That's offensive.

February 7, 2014  10:38 AM ET
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Watch Cally get sent that way, but with our luck Sather would get Ryan Smyth

... and/or Alice Hurtsky.

February 7, 2014  10:57 AM ET

BTW, since having his face broken up by that Canucks beast (Zack Kassian), Sam Gagner hasn't been the same. He's still too tentative and looking over his shoulder. I also think he's 10-12 lbs too heavy for his size which makes him a lot slower than he used to be.

February 7, 2014  11:07 AM ET
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I won't hold the minus 20 against him as the Oilers as a team aren't good this year, but the 4.8M kid has never has scored even a twenty goal season. That's offence?

It seems like Gagner would just be more of the same for the Kings.

February 7, 2014  11:48 AM ET
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I also think he's 10-12 lbs too heavy for his size which makes him a lot slower than he used to be.

In other words, he ain't no Kessel

February 7, 2014  11:49 AM ET

Twitrumour is that LAK wants EDM to retain some salary, and EDM is balking. Apparently other teams are showing interest in Gagner.

 
February 7, 2014  02:34 PM ET

Overrated.

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