Oilers trade Spooner for Gagner

Sam Gagner 2012

Sam Gagner 2012

The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Sam Gagner to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner, the team announced.

A day after moving Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz, the Oilers made the one-for-one swap hoping the 29-year-old Gagner can rekindle his scoring touch from his early days in Edmonton.

Vancouver is the third National Hockey League stop this season for Spooner, who has also played for the New York Rangers and Oilers. He'd been playing in the AHL, on loan to the Toronto Marlies, where he'd put up nearly a point a game for the Leafs affiliate. Edmonton, losers of three in a row and 1-7-2 over its last 10 games, plays Saturday at the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET).

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Spooner, 27, was acquired by Edmonton on November 16 from the New York Rangers. He was drafted by Boston in the second round in 2010.

Gagner had 40-point seasons in each of his first five seasons, and his best points-per-game output the following season, 2012-13 - the NHL's lockout season - when he tallied 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 48 games. The sixth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft was barely 18 when he first appeared in the Oilers lineup.

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