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    Flyers' Sam Gagner: Will play tonight

    Gagner will play in tonight's game in place of R.J. Umberger, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports reports.Gagner will look to re-establish himself as a valued Philadelphia Flyer. The home game might be just what the legendary Flyer needs to spark his game.

  • Probable healthy scratch for season opener

    News: Sam Gagner is likely to be a healthy scratch for the Flyers' first game of the regular season, Oct. 8, against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    Analysis: Rumors swirled this past June that Sam Gagner would be a buyout candidate by the Flyers, but that never came to fruition. However, already being mentioned as a probable healthy scratch for the season opener obviously doesn't bode well for his chances of securing a significant role in the early going. Gagner added a modest 41 points in 81 games with Arizona last season, but that came along with an unsightly minus-28 rating.
  • Flyers Say They'll Keep Gagner

    News: Sam Gagner has been informed by the Flyers that the team intends to keep him on the roster, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports.
    Analysis: Sam Gagner was acquired via trade over the weekend, and the initial expectation was that he would be bought out by the Flyers. However, the team said Tuesday that it intends to hang onto Gagner, and neither a buyout nor a trade is in the works.
  • New Flyer Gagner Likely Target Of Buyout

    News: Sam Gagner, who was acquired Saturday afternoon in a deal that included Chris Pronger's contract going to Arizona, is expected to be the target of a buyout, says Frank Seravalli of TSN.
    Analysis: The Flyers are trying to clear cap space and a buyout would accomplish that. But interestingly enough, it would also impact the Bolts, a team that retained some of his contract when they dealt him to the Yotes. This is a unique situation for the league and the Bolts -- the team has zero say in the situation, leaving them with a hit on their own cap for two more years instead of one.
  • Flyers Acquire Gagner

    News: The Flyers acquired Sam Gagner in exchange for Niklas Grossman and Chris Pronger's contract on Saturday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
    Analysis: The Flyers have a severe lack of depth at center and a good amount of depth at defense, so this move seems to make sense for all parties involved. Sam Gagner is talented enough to be a part of the Flyers' top-six forward group, but it's hard to see him leapfrogging Claude Giroux or Sean Couturier on Philadelphia's depth chart. He registered 15 goals and 26 assists for a total of 41 points in 81 games with the Coyotes in 2014-15, and will likely begin the 2015-16 campaign playing center on the Flyers' third line.
  • Coyotes' Gagner Nets 15th Goal In Loss

    News: Sam Gagner netted his 15th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Ducks.
    Analysis: Sam Gagner finished the season strong, recording three goals and six points in his last eight games. The 25-year-old hit the 40-point barrier for the sixth time in his career and began to find his role with Arizona. While he's a talented offensive producer, Gagner has firmly established himself as a 40-50 point guy. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Coyotes' Gagner Pots Two Points In Win

    News: Sam Gagner scored his 14th goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
    Analysis: A dominant outing for Sam Gagner, who finished the game with seven shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. With the goal and assist, the 25-year-old has now hit the 40-point mark for the first time in three seasons. He's inconsistent, but the top-six forward plays on the top power-play unit and is a reliable point producer.
  • Coyotes' Gagner Pots Winner In OT

    News: Sam Gagner picked up an assist in regulation and scored the game-winning goal on an overtime power play Thursday against Buffalo.
    Analysis: That's points in consecutive games for Sam Gagner, who's now matched last season's 37, but remains well shy of the career-high pace he set as a rookie (49 points in 79 games). His inconsistency and team context make him an uninspiring fantasy asset.
  • Coyotes' Gagner Has Assist In Win

    News: Sam Gagner picked up an assist Tuesday in a 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings. He took three shots and registered two hits in the contest.
    Analysis: Sam Gagner is up to 35 points on the season, which almost equals his output from last year. He has been particularly good since mid-December, with 25 points in 43 games. He is back to being a useful fantasy option in deep leagues, despite the lack of big talent around him on the Coyotes.
  • Coyotes' Gagner Picks Up Assist In Loss

    News: Sam Gagner had an assist Thursday in a 5-2 loss to the Avalanche. He was minus-2 and registered one shot on the night.
    Analysis: With 34 points in 70 games, Sam Gagner is close to his production from last year in Edmonton. Considering that he had just 10 points in the first 30 games of the season, he has recovered well, nearly doubling his per-game production since he was a healthy scratch December 13. The 25-year-old has never reached the 49 points he scored as a rookie and he will be a depth player in fantasy as he gets closer to age 30 while the Coyotes rebuild.