Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, the team announced Monday. Gagner's new contract will reportedly pay him an average of $4.8 million US per season. The deal allows the 23-year-old centre and the Oilers to avoid a salary-arbitration hearing that was scheduled for later in the day. Gagner, who made $2.275 million last season, reportedly was asking for $5.5 million a year, with Edmonton offering $3.5 million.
Gagner was picked sixth overall by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL draft. He had 14 goals and 24 assists in 48 games last season, for an average of 0.79 points per game. In his previous five NHL seasons he averaged 15 goals, 29 assists and 73 games played, for an average of 0.60 points per game.