Sam Gagner headed back to Oilers; Canucks deal him for Ryan Spooner

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired centre Ryan Spooner, sending Sam Gagner back to the Edmonton Oilers.

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have acquired centre Ryan Spooner, sending Sam Gagner back to the Edmonton Oilers.

Vancouver is the third NHL stop this season for Spooner, who has split his 2018-19 campaign between the New York Rangers, Oilers and Bakersfield Condors.

The 27-year-old from Ottawa had two points (1-1-2) in 16 games with the Rangers, three points (2-1-3) in 25 games with the Oilers and six points (2-4-6) in seven games with the Condors.

Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round, 45th overall in the 2010 NHL draft, Spooner has collected 163 NHL points (48-115-163) in 314 career games.

The 29-year-old Gagner has spent most of the season on loan to the Toronto Marlies, scoring 12 goals and picking up 37 points in 43 AHL games. Gagner was selected No. 6 overall in the 2007 draft by Edmonton and spent his first seven NHL seasons with the Oilers.

The Oilers said via Twitter they hope Gagner will be available for Saturday night's game against the New York Islanders.

The deal comes less than a day after the Oilers sent Cam Talbot to Philadelphia for fellow goalie Anthony Stolarz.

 

The Canadian Press