Tuesday, February 26, 2013
New lease on season for Gagne
By Victoria Matiash
Once again a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, veteran forward Simon Gagne is about to see more competitive action this season. Following his trade from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick, the soon-to-be 33-year-old was told to hurry up and make his way to Philly ASAP.
RDS' Renaud Lavoie, via Google translate:
"... Gagne will now move quickly because the Flyers hope he will be able to face the Capitals tomorrow night in Philadelphia, which means he will travel in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday to get there as quickly as possible there ..."
A healthy scratch for the Kings of late, Gagne is expected to fill a top-nine role -- at least -- for the Flyers. Especially with winger Matt Read (ribs) out for weeks.
TSN's Bob McKenzie suggests the trade suits everyone involved:
"... Scouting report on Simon Gagne: As healthy as he's been in long time, still miles on the tread but not suited to play Darryl Sutter hockey ... LAK have quality depth with kids Tyler Toffoli-Tanner Pearson-Linden Vey playing as a line Manchester (AHL). Deal also opens up cap room ... Gagne on final year of deal with cap hit of $3.5M but with annual salary of $2.5M. Gets to go to a place he likes. Win-win for all concerned ..."