Sam Gagner will wear Maple Leafs colours this season, though he hasn’t left the Canucks’ organization.
In an unusual move, the recently demoted forward will join the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on loan, the club announced on Tuesday. He’ll play alongside Maple Leafs prospects with their affiliate going forward.
The @TorontoMarlies have acquired forward Sam Gagner on loan from the Vancouver Canucks.
Gagner has 152 goals and 433 points in 770 career NHL games.
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 2, 2018
A common move in the sport of soccer, hockey players don’t often get “loaned.”
After clearing waivers on Tuesday, Gagner was eligible to be sent to Vancouver’s farm team in Utica.
The move to Toronto is a favour to the 29-year-old, who has a young family. A native of London, Ontario, this will make things easier on them.
Gagner is still Canucks property, and can be called up to Vancouver at any time. Don’t rule out a quick call up either, particularly if the Canucks suffer early-season injuries.
Gagner will earn $3.5 million this season, no matter where he plays, because he’s on a one-way contract. He’s signed through to the end of next season, carrying a $3.15 million cap hit when in the NHL.