Over the last month, numerous trade rumours have surrounded Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers. It all started with reports from the Buffalo News and the New York Post suggesting that Gagner might be on the move. Since then, the former first-round pick has continued to struggle offensively. He was even moved to the wing a couple of weeks ago which has only caused the trade rumours to heat up even more.
Will the Oilers actually deal Gagner? It’s hard to say. There are convincing arguments both for and against a possible trade.
On one hand, Gagner’s market value right now is low due to the fact that he hasn’t scored a goal and has just six assists so far this season. Why trade a young forward that can still blossom into a major offensive threat when you might not get anything decent in return? The Oilers are also winning at the moment, so why bother messing with the roster?
On the other hand, the Oilers have lost Cam Barker to an ankle injury until at least February and their defence isn't very deep to begin with. Why not flip a solid young asset who isn’t contributing much right now for a defenseman that addresses the most glaring issue on the team?
These are questions that only GM Steve Tambellini can answer. Regardless of whether or not he is shopping Gagner, there are certainly numerous teams that could use the 22-year-old forward.
Let’s take a look at eight teams that could particularly use the help of Sam Gagner.