The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward Sam Gagner to a one-year contract worth $750K.
The 33-year-old forward made his mark with the Edmonton Oilers as a breakaway specialist back at the dawn of the NHL’s shootout era.
Through his rise and subsequent fall in Alberta, Gagner has since revitalized his career through various stops in Arizona, Philadelphia, Columbus, Vancouver and back in Edmonton, before finally landing in Detroit, where he has spent the past two-and-a-half years.
Since posting 50 points with the Blue Jackets in 2016-17, Gagner’s 13 goals and 31 points last season were his best stat totals in a nearly a decade of play.
The London, ON. product will look to slot into a centre ice role within the Jets’ bottom-six forward groupings, which got a little thinner when former Jets forward Evgeny Svechnikov signed a nearly identical one-year, $750K deal with San Jose.
In 967 NHL games, Gagner has 184 goals and 505 points. Somehow, through his 15 seasons, he has only played in 11 postseason games, to which Gagner has four assists and 10 penalty minutes to his name.
The 33-year-old was originally selected sixth overall by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Draft.