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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, 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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