The Penguins have very little cap space (just over $560,000), and Gagner is more expensive than Sutter. However, most of the contracts will be paid by the deadline. The Penguins should be able to incorporate the difference and remain under the cap. Gagner's injury has reduced his value, but he's a former lottery pick. The Penguins would likely have to include a first-round draft pick or quality prospect.
How the Penguins Will Improve
Gagner is a solid offensive player who is suffering through a difficult season. His power-play ability and passing skills are well-known, and he is best suited to playing the wing. Pittsburgh's impact centers offer a wonderful spot for any skilled winger, and Gagner should flourish.
How the Oilers Will Improve
Sutter is a two-way center with size, who takes a lot of own zone faceoffs, according to Behind the Net. Extra Skater reports his shot differential is poor, but that number is somewhat dictated by zone starts. The draft pick will give Edmonton only its second selection inside the top 100 in 2014.