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IN DEPTH: Gagn and Back Again

Sam Gagner always felt at home on the ice in an Oiler uniform, and now a second stint for the forward with the Orange and Blue comes with a renewed sense of home off it.

by Jamie Umbach /

Sam Gagner needed a car, and fast.

The Toronto Marlies just lost their third-straight on the road by a score of 3-1 to the Providence Bruins, and they were bound for a rebound the next night in Springfield against the Thunderbirds.

Gagner, on loan with the Marlies from the Vancouver Canucks for the proximity to his family, however, would be heading the other direction. The forward was told in the morning that he'd been traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

The former sixth-overall pick by the Oilers in 2007 was heading back to the familiar of Edmonton, where he made his name as the youngest player in the league over a decade ago at 18 years and 55 days at the onset of his first professional season.

His new (and former) club and teammates were waiting for him three-and-a-half hours down the I-95, preparing for a meeting with the New York Islanders in Brooklyn that night.

Grab your gear, grab a bite, and get moving. There was a lot to unpack about the trade, but even more to pack before hitting the road.

"I got a car around one o'clock, so I had to pack up, get something to eat, and get ready to come here," Gagner said. "I pulled in around four-thirty, so I had some time to get my gear all situated and get ready."

After arriving at the Barclays Center prior to puck drop, the new threads he found hanging in his newly-minted Oilers stall were anything but new.

"With it happening so quickly, there's definitely a lot of emotions that come with it," Gagner said. "I think when you first walk in here, and see my jersey with the familiar number 89, it was a really great feeling."


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