The Hawks just can’t seem to beat the Oilers!

National Post | Sports

By John MacKinnon

EDMONTON — In the wake of Sam Gagner’s marvellous eight-point night against the Chicago Blackhawks, there was much chatter about the asking price for him either going sharply up, or his coming off the NHL trade market altogether.

A better question, three weeks out from the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline, might be: Was the 22-year-old centre ever on offer to begin with?

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The answer very likely is no, especially since Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is all about step-by-step development and having the patience to stick with that process. Speaking of process, Tambellini met with his pro scouting staff on Friday in Edmonton as part of the preparation for the trade deadline.

Now, one game, however spectacular, is just one game, but it could be that the Oilers, not to mention their fans, are learning what the upside might look like for this young…

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