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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins responded to a question on whether or not Sam Gagner's placement on the fourth line was to send a message to the centre who has struggled offensively lately.

"I talked to Sam earlier in the day and let him know where I was coming from and why my decision was made," said Eakins. "He understands and knows he's got to do some things better. It's two-fold; it was partly his play but it was probably more the play of (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) and (Mark) Arcobello in last night's game (against Boston). I'm not worried about Sam. He's a character guy and he's going to rebound."

Gagner has 11 points in 21 games this season.

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