Simon Gagne is not happy with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 33-year-old left wing hoped to sign with the Flyers this off-season, but the contract never came. Gagne spoke with Mathias Brunet of La Presse about his training this summer and his discontent with his former team.
“All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract and I even told Robert Sauvé, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams,” said Gagné. “We trusted them. We put all our eggs in one basket and we got caught. We never thought we’d be stuck in this situation at this time of the year…”
Gagné kept hoping to return with the Flyers up until recently. “When I heard [Tuesday] that they had given a contract to Dan Cleary, it was like a slap in the face. I’m disappointed. I knew that hockey was a business, but with all the positive discussions we had with the GM Paul Holmgren, I can’t believe I’m not back with them.”
Sauvé has reached out to the Montreal Canadiens to offer his client’s services. Gagne is waiting to her back from the Habs. For a fan-favorite like Gagne, this is a tough story to read. He has played much of his 14 seasons, 11 total, in Philadelphia. Numerous fans rejoiced when Gagne finally won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012.
While the Flyers turning away from Gagne makes sense from a *statistical standpoint, from a public relations point of view, General Manager Paul Holmgren could have handled the situation better. When a player of Gagne’s standing is treated like this, it does not look good for the organization. While the release of Danny Briere was handled in a correct matter, Gagne did not deserve to be dragged around.
*His last productive season was four years ago when he totaled 74 points – 34 goals, 40 assists – and played in 79 games. Since then, Gagne has struggled to stay healthy and his point production has taken a severe hit.