In September of last year, Gagner had been on the receiving end of a high-stick during a preseason game. He left the ice for the remainder of the game, reporting missing teeth. However, as it turns out, Gagner had broken his jaw, and would need surgical repair. He was expected to miss a good portion of the season to recover.
The Coyotes acquired Gagner in a trade deal and are hoping to provide an environment where he can excel as a player. Coyotes coach, Dave Tippett, stated that Gagner is a "skilled player" and that the club hopes that a "change of scenery will do him good".
After the injury, Gagner put up a career low 37 points, scoring 10 goals and assisting 27 others and also had an overall minus-29 rating. Gagner and Arizona hope to move forward with better results.
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