On Sunday night the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Edmonton Oilers swapped forwards, sending Teddy Purcell to Edmonton and bringing Sam Gagner to the Lightning.

Gagner, 24, of London, Ontario was drafted by the Oilers in the first round of the 2007 draft. In that time, the 5-foot-11 forward has played in 481 games with the Oilers. He has amassed 101 goals and 295 points. In 2007 he was the youngest player on Team Canada’s World Junior team, helping the nation to win their third of five straight gold medals.

Purcell, 28, of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, went undrafted and played one season with the University of Maine before getting a deal with Los Angeles Kings. He spent his time between the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and the Kings before getting traded to the Lightning on March 3, 2010. In his time with Lightning the 6-foot-3 forward has played in 310 games, achieving 67 goals and 203 points. He has also played in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning where he netted seven goals and had 18 points.

That wasn’t the end of the bouncing Gagner however, just hours later, Gagner was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes for a sixth-round pick and B.J. Crombeen.


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