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Oilers issue qualifying offer to Gagner, five others

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 5:46 PM / News

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Oilers issue qualifying offer to Gagner, five others
Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish announced Tuesday the club has issued qualifying offers to six players.

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish announced Tuesday the club has issued qualifying offers to six players, including its second-leading scorer from last season, center Sam Gagner.

Oilers players issued qualifying offers were: Gagner, defenseman Taylor Fedun, goaltender Niko Hovinen, and forwards Teemu Hartikainen, Magnus Paajarvi and Antti Tyrvainen.

Gagner had 38 points (24 assists) in 2012-13. The sixth selection in the 2007 NHL Draft, Gagner enjoyed a breakout year in 2011-12 when he established career highs in goals (18), assists (29) and points (47). He collected eight points in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, matching a franchise record held by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.

Veteran defenseman Theo Peckham, who played in four games in 2012-13, was not given a qualifying offer and will become a free agent July 5.

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