It has been a while since we heard the name Simon Gagne. Gagne was a fan favorite for the Flyers for many years. He played for the Flyers for 10 years before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker and a 4th round pick. Gagne’s stay with the Lightning was very brief; he became a restricted free agent after one season and signed a 2-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings. During Gagne’s second season with the Kings, he was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional 4th round pick.
As of now, Gagne ranks 10th among all time Flyers with 535 points, 9th in goals with 264, and 16th in assists with 271. What made Gagne so great was utilizing his excellent speed, his quick release, and his knack for scoring clutch goals. Gagne also has won many awards including being named to the NHL Rookie Team and the NHL All-Star Game. In addition, he won the Pelle Lindergh Memorial, the most stars selection for the Toyota Cup for 3 years, and he won the Bobby Clarke trophy back-to-back years during his tenure with the Flyers.
Will Gagne retire a Flyer? I think many Flyer fans would like to see him retire in the black and orange. However, during the offseason, Gagne made it clear to Paul Holmgren, general manager of the Flyers, that he wanted to stay with the Flyers and would welcome a low contract offer. Based on a report from Broad Street Hockey, Gagne did not entertain offers from other teams based on the positive discussions with Paul Holmgren. Currently, Gagne is unsigned, but with the playoffs and offseason coming he could strike a deal. Unfortunately, Gagne has been tagged injury prone and teams are afraid to risk signing him based on his history. If he does not sign with another team, could retirement be around the corner for this hockey veteran? I think with being only 34 he still has some left in the tank. If he doesn’t call it quits, I would certainly like to see Gagne play a couple more seasons. If a team doesn’t sign him in the offseason, fans will wonder what could be next for Gagne.
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