GM Paul Holmgren has announced that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Simon Gagne from the LA Kings for a 4th-round pick. Gagne was part of the Stanley Cup-winning Kings team last season, but missed most of the playoffs with a concussion.
Gagne spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Flyers. In that time, he tallied 524 points in 664 games in his first tenure with the Flyers before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker and a 4th round pick in 2010.
This move could mean many things for the Flyers. It could simply be a move that adds depth and scoring to the Flyers with Matt Read out. The only downside to this trade is if Gagne continues to struggle with the concussion issues he’s experienced throughout his career. This deal could also mean bigger things to come. There have been rumors floating around that Danny Briere could be on his way out of Philly. This trade gives the Flyers a cheaper and very suitable replacement. Gagne brings scoring and veteran leadership just like Briere does, but at a more reasonable cost that won’t hurt the team after next year’s cap drop off, that is if they do choose to resign him.
This was a solid trade for the Flyers. They got a seasoned veteran with great skill abilities who loves Philly and is loved by Philly for the low price of a 4th round pick. A+ to Holmgren for this trade.