It seems as though the Philadelphia Flyers really love Simon Gagne and miss his presence on the team. They miss him so much that they’ve traded him back from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fourth-round 2013 draft pick.
It should’ve been foreseen by Kings fans that Gagne’s time was done there. He’d been scratched for the last four games, was a -2 and only had five assists in 11 games, where he averaged 14 minutes of ice time per game. He seemed not to fit with Darryl Sutter’s style of play. Then there’s the issue of his $3.5 million cap hit. With this trade, the Kings now have $9.2 million free.
This is just another chapter in Gagne’s relationship with the Flyers. After 10 seasons with them, they traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker in 2009. After a year with the Lightning, he signed a two-year contract with the Kings in July 2011. He’s now come full circle.
As many have pointed out on Twitter, the Flyers seem to forget that they can trade with other teams. They sent Wayne Simmonds to L.A. for Mike Richards in that surprise (to Richards) trade in 2011 and gained Jeff Carter via the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012. At this rate, the two teams should just have an exclusive swap agreement or even merge and become the Losadelphia Flykings.
Think of how it will be for Gagne to walk into the locker room with his once and current teammates, bearing his Cup ring and greetings from Carter and Richards. It could be very awkward indeed.