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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner celebrates his first goal of the game against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton February 4, 2012. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/REUTERS)
Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner celebrates his first goal of the game against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton February 4, 2012. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/REUTERS)

Oilers and Gagner avoid arbitration, agree to three-year deal Add to ...

The Edmonton Oilers have come to terms with Sam Gagner on a three-year contract.

General manager Craig MacTavish announced the deal via Twitter on the eve of an arbitration hearing.

The 23-year-old centre had 14 goals and 24 assists in 48 games last season.

Gagner reportedly was asking for US$5.5-million a year, with Edmonton offering $3.5-million.

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He earned $2.275-million last season.

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