It was easy to dismiss at first, but a trade rumor that would put Sam Gagner on the Los Angeles for, principally, Kyle Clifford is indeed real.

Now, there are obvious variables in play here, as McKenzie said. Gagner counts $4.8 against the salary cap for this season and the two following it, and if the Oilers retain a portion of that, they'd have to do it in all three. Doing that, you'd think, would mean a larger return for the Oilers and certainly larger than Clifford, who's an effective-enough bottom-six player.

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