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.
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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