Sam Gagner was going to try to ride it out at home.

But eventually the Oilers centre felt he needed to get back on the ice in a game setting.

With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, despite a proposal by the league that at first glance appeared to be in the right direction, Gagner headed to Europe.

The London, Ont., native signed a contract with Klagenfurter AC of the Austrian Erste Bank Ice Hockey League.

He's the sixth member of the Oilers to head overseas.

"I hadn't set a date, I kind of wanted to see how I felt," Gagner said. "I was at that point where I felt like I wanted to go over and play. The Austrian deal came about pretty quickly. There were other deals that I was looking at that were taking some time, but because the Austrian deal worked out so fas, I decided to go there. It kind of fell into my lap."