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January 10, 2014 | 3:14pm ET
Gagner hears the chatter
TheFourthPeriod.com

Oilers center Sam Gagner has heard all the trade rumors lately and expects to hear more as the season makes its way to the March 5 trade deadline.

It has been widely reported that the Oilers are actively shopping Gagner, but could work with him to find a suitable destination.

With Gagner on the block, the Edmonton Sun believes he's one of many players the Oilers could deal this season.

"I've been through trade rumours my whole career, it seems," Gagner told the paper. "It's something I'm used to at this point. Unless something actually comes about, it's not something I'm worried about.

"There's going to be trade rumours if the team's not successful and if I haven't produced at the level I'm accustomed to as well. You have to expect that."

Gagner will be playing Friday night on the right wing of Edmonton's first line, alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall, in order to "jump-start him," coach Dallas Eakins said.

Several other players are expected attract the interest of a number of teams by the deadline. Forwards Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth are being dangled as trade bait and both should be moved over the next two months.

Gagner, however, appears to want to stay in Alberta.

"That's why I re-signed here in the summer, I wanted to see this through," he said. "I want to be on a winning team and I want it to be here. It's tough this year. It hasn't gone the way anyone's expected. You just have to continue to work hard and be positive about it."


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