If Sam Gagner knew Saturday would be the last time he saw Tom Gilbert in an Edmonton Oilers jersey, the centre would have made a point to wish his good friend best of luck in person.

But as is often the case, there is little notice when it comes to deals just prior to the trade deadline, and Gagner found out Gilbert had been traded following the morning skate Monday in Winnipeg.

He had to settle for a phone call to his former roommate.

"It's tough to handle but it's part of the business and you learn to cope with those sorts of things, losing friends to trades and whatnot," Gagner said prior to Wednesday's game against the Blues. "It's tough to see him go, he's obviously one of my best friends and he's a great guy, but we picked up a great player in return. It's one of those things that happen in this league and you have to deal with it."