Philadelphia Flyers: Simon Gagne Returns

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You really can’t make this stuff up.

No one really knows what the Philadelphia Flyers are ever going to do, but they are most certainly always exciting to keep an eye on, though. Philadelphia is not shy about making deals and that is exactly what they did on Tuesday afternoon. The Flyers struck a deal with the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Their acquisition was none other than fan favorite Simon Gagne.

The city of Philadelphia shares a collective shriek of excitement. Gagne spent the first 10 seasons of his career as a member of the Flyers. He was a key component to the Flyers’ Stanley Cup run back in 2010, especially during their historic come-from-behind series win over the Boston Bruins.

The team has already brought back former Flyers Ruslan FedotenkoBrian Boucher and Mike Knuble this season. While all three have been nice and everything, Gagne is the icing on the cake. He has been struggling for the Kings in 2013, posting just five points in 11 contests while also being a healthy scratch at times. Flyers fans will hope that the move will jump-start the 32-year-old’s season.

It’s unclear whether or not the Flyers have gotten better as a unit with the addition of Gagne, but one thing is for sure: they certainly didn’t get worse. Gagne will provide veteran leadership, a winning attitude and an offensive touch. Rumblings out of Philadelphia are that this may be the calm before the storm, hinting at perhaps an even bigger move from the Flyers organization to come. Honestly, who knows, especially with a team like the Flyers.

With Gagne’s birthday three days away, the party has started very early in the city of Philadelphia.

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