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Sam Gagner makes a retirement announcement before the season ends


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Sam Jones
May 30, 2024  (8:29)
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Sam Gagner makes a retirement announcement before the season ends
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Sam Gagner, the enduring favorite among Edmonton Oilers fans, has stirred excitement with his announcement to pursue another year in the NHL.

His career, marked by crossing the coveted 1,000-game threshold—a milestone few achieve—exemplifies dedication and resilience. Last season, Gagner inked a deal to continue his journey with the Oilers, where his role as a veteran has not only been celebrated but has become integral to the team's dynamic.
Despite the hurdles of a tough season-ending surgery in 2022-2023, Gagner showcased his undeterred commitment by contributing significantly in the limited games he played. Accumulating 10 points in 28 games, he proved to be a solid asset, exemplifying the depth he brings to the Oilers' roster. After the trade deadline, although sidelined, Gagner's zeal remained unquenched. In a conversation with Friedman, he expressed a burning passion to stay in the game: "I have more hockey to play."
The Edmonton community and Gagner's teammates hold him in high regard, echoing a sentiment of admiration that transcends the ice rink. His presence is a blend of experience and leadership, which is particularly palpable in high-stakes moments. This postseason, Gagner was seen imparting crucial advice to Skinner, a gesture that notably shifted the goalie's performance and possibly the team's postseason trajectory.
The future of Gagner in the NHL seems promising, as veterans of his caliber often secure contracts, providing they wish to continue. His current agreement with the Oilers, pegged at the league's minimum, makes him an attractive option for many teams. Should Edmonton decide against a renewal, it's likely that another team will seize the opportunity to add his veteran leadership to their ranks.
Sam Gagner's story is more than just about personal milestones; it's a narrative of resilience and leadership. His decision to play another year is not only a testament to his love for the game but also a beacon of inspiration for his team and fans alike. As Oil country watches, they do so with support and anticipation, eager to see this veteran play the sport he cherishes, exemplifying that passion truly knows no bounds.
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