Flyers Reacquire Simon Gagne From Kings For Conditional Draft Pick

by
Owen Poindexter
After two years away from the team that drafted him and saw him become a scoring star, Simon Gagne is back with the Philadelphia Flyers after the Los Angeles Kings traded him away for a 4th round draft pick.

Simon Gagne will once again put on a Philadelphi Flyers jersey after his old team acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings for a 4th round draft pick. Gagne played for the Flyers for a decade, scoring at least 20 goals in 7 of those seasons, with his career highs of 41 and 47. Gagne hasn't really been the same since the Flyers traded him. He had a decent season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but a far cry from his days as Flyers sniper.

Ironically, last year was Gagne's least successful as a player--he was injured most of the year, and not especially productive when playing--but it resulted in his only Stanley Cup win, as his Los Angeles Kings surged from the 8th seed to the championship. This year he hasn't scored in 11 games with the Kings, and he was more and more of a spare part on a deep team. The Kings will receive a third round draft pick if the Flyers make the playoffs and a fourth rounder if they don't.

Gagne's most famous goal as a Flyer came during his last season there, and it knocked the Boston Bruins out of the playoffs. The Flyers had been down 3 games to 0 in the second round of the playoffs, but they won the next 3 and game 7 was tied 3-3 with 7 minutes left when this happened:

The Flyers went on to the Stanley Cup that year where they were soundly beaten by the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, Gagne is more of a complimentary piece than a top line player, but he'll chip in goals and help on the power play.

And, as a Devils fan, I look forward to the opportunity to root against Gagne sometime soon.

 

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