Thursday, July 11, 2013
Gagne/Flyers could split
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: A new deal with the Philadelphia Flyers doesn't appear imminent for forward Simon Gagne. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, GM Paul Holmgren recently said that even if the Flyers don't make any roster changes for the rest of the summer, he likes his team. And that's without Gagne in the fold. But we're not ready to close the book on the 33-year-old's relationship with the Flyers quite yet.
With 25 players (two too many) on its current roster, the club has too few forwards (13) and an excess of defensemen (10 -- including LTIR-bound Chris Pronger). Assuming defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon and/or Bruno Gervais is sent to the AHL and/or Andrej Meszaros is moved (somewhere) and/or Braydon Coburn is traded, the Flyers will have ample roster and salary cap space to accommodate Gagne. With the ability to go 10 percent above the $64.3 cap in the offseason, the club might even be able to jam in his 2013-14 paycheque at present. If he's truly willing to take a "hometown" discount to remain in Philadelphia. Remember, Pronger's nearly $5-million cap hit is put on the long-term injured shelf on the first day of the regular season.
*** Veteran Simon Gagne may simply be too expensive for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Philadelphia Daily News reports the Flyers will only re-sign the 33-year-old forward if the price is right.
"We've had a couple of conversations with his agent, and we will continue to talk," GM Paul Holmgren said on Monday. "We have interest in bringing him back, but limited cap space."
Coming off a two-year, $7-million deal, Gagne isn't in position to break the bank here. Plus, the veteran winger has said he's willing to take a hometown discount to remain with the Flyers. We would be surprised to see the UFA-to-be sign elsewhere.