The Edmonton Oilers are one of the worst teams in the league this year, once again. That has led them to be involved in trade rumors involving some of their veteran players.
“It’s something where you try and block it out…I think it’s an easier thing to do the further you are from the trade deadline, but as it creeps up, it’s sometimes hard. I think it’s important just to focus on your game. I have some things that I need to continue to get better at, and that’s something that I’m trying to focus on right now, trying to help this team win games, and hopefully, I can do that heading towards the stretch here.”
“I’ve had trade rumours before in my career, but this feels a little different… I’m trying not to think about it and just play hockey. We’re going through a stretch here right now where we all have to get better as a group and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
Gagner is in the first year of a three-year deal and has a no-trade clause that takes effect next season. If he’s going to be dealt, it will be this season.
“Yeah, if it’s going to happen, it’ll be this year… But I think it’s something that I have to do my best to not focus on and just focus on playing hockey.”
Gagner is only 24 years old, but is a seven-year veteran if you count this season. That type of experience at such a young age is valued and a lot of teams will be calling once again as the trade deadline nears.
He can focus on hockey all he wants. It’s very likely he could be focusing on playing hockey for a team other than the Oilers very soon.