During his tenures with the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, Simon Gagne was a thorn at the side of the Boston Bruins, especially in the playoffs. Now, after taking a year off from hockey, Gagne will be given a chance to don the black and gold.
The 34-year-old , who last played in 2013 for the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings, has been given a tryout from the Bruins and will be at training camp when it opens next month. In getting this tryout, Gagne will be given the opportunity to earn a low-cost contract from the team. There’s also no guarantee, so if Gagne doesn’t have it, he can be released during camp without any negative drawbacks for the Bruins.
With Jarome Iginla gone and Reilly Smith not yet under contract, there are holes on the wing for Gagne if he can play up to the level. A middle six role on the second or third line would be a realistic goal that could benefit both parties. A line of Gagne alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on the “French Connection 2” line could be at the very least an intriguing option if Smith doesn’t sign before the start of camp.
If Gagne doesn’t make the team, then both sides move on without any negative consequences. Having said that, Gagne could turn out to be a great no-risk, high-reward investment that doesn’t cost the Bruins a lot of money. For a team as cash-strapped as the Bruins, that is almost as important as his play on the ice.
Now, the Bruins can only hope he is as good in their uniform as he was in an opponent’s.