This is a drum I have a been beating for the better part of a year now. I watch the Oilers very closely. If you are unbias about it, you acknowledge that Gagner has hardly improved since his rookie season and now there is simply no fit for him with the Oilers. Moving forward they need to add size in the top 6, and size down the middle. Gagner provides neither. He can still be a serviceable 2nd line centre in this league for some team, it just likely won’t be with the Oilers. If Steve Tambellini is smart he will deal Gagner ASAP.
Lots of teams will have interest and the Oilers need help on defense despite how well there core has played so far this season. I would package Gagner with a d-man and Linus Omark who falls into the same catagory that Sam does and see what that would fetch me. Nashville to me is a perfect trade partner for the Oilers, especially if they can’t lock down at least one of Weber or Suter. The Oilers have the assets the Preds need, the Preds have the number 1 horse the Oilers need.