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Sam Gagner, Oilers agree to 3-year deal

Young forward Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract that allows the sides to avoid salary arbitration, the team announced Monday.

Contract reportedly worth $14.4M US

Sam Gagner will reportedly earn an average of $4.8 million US per season on his new deal. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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.

"So happy to remain an Edmonton Oiler for at least three more years," Gagner tweeted. "Thanks to everyone for the support. Time to get to work."

With files from The Canadian Press