Philadelphia Flyers’ Simon Gagne Trade Speaks To Offensive Desperation

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Gagne ranks tenth on the Philadelphia Flyers' all-time scoring list

Gagne ranks tenth all-time on the Philadelphia Flyers' points list
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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren obtained Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2013 fourth round draft pick. This latest Flyers' reunion speaks to the state of the team 21 games into this shortened season.

Due to recent injuries to Matt Read and Tye McGinn, head coach Peter Laviolette was being asked to work with a very thin set of forward lines. While his squad has been scoring goals, reinforcements were clearly needed.

Gagne's best years appear to be behind him. While “Gags” can still skate well, he's endured a series of concussions through the years and underwent serious off-season neck surgery last summer.

After only appearing in 11 games this year for the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Kings, the 13-year veteran was a healthy scratch during the last five contests. Obviously, he didn't fit into general manager Dean Lombardi's, or assistant general manager Ron Hextall's short- or long-term plans.

This particular deal came to pass because both of those front office executives are also Flyers' alumni. Positive professional connections are tapped across the globe in businesses that range from hockey to finance. Due to his working relationship with these two Kings, “Homer” was open to executing this type of deal.

As to whether the soon-to-be 33-year-old left winger can enhance the Flyers' offense is a fair question to ask. He has zero goals and five assists this season, after only amassing 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 34 games last year.

Gagne used to play on Philadelphia's top offensive line that included Mike Knuble, who also made his Flyers' return this year. If healthy, he should be able to generate more than the 0.35 points-per-game that Knuble has averaged during his first 17 games back in orange and black.

While it's fine to refer to the good old days, everyone is hoping that Gagne will be able to make an impact right now.

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Gagne was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010

Gagne was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010
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Simon Gagne spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in June 2010.

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Gagne was with the Los Angeles Kings since last season

Gagne played for the Los Angeles Kings since last season
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Simon Gagne played in a limited role for a stacked Los Angeles Kings team that rolled to its first-ever Stanley Cup championship in June 2012.

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Gagne ranks among the Philadelphia Flyers' all-time playoff leaders

Gagne ranks eighth all-time in Philadelphia Flyers' playoff goals
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Simon Gagne's 32 postseason goals rank eighth in Philadelphia Flyers' franchise history.

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Gagne and Chris Pronger at the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals

Gagne and Chris Pronger shown at the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals
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Simon Gagne has appeared in 90 playoff games for the Philadelphia Flyers in his career. His six game-winning postseason goals rank seventh in franchise history.

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Gagne was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final team

Gagne was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final team
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Simon Gagne, who will turn 33 on Friday, ranks ninth on the Philadelphia Flyers' all-time goal-scoring list with 259 tallies. He ranks tenth in points (524) and games played (664).

 

 

 

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