Yes, It's True. The Philadelphia Flyers Have Traded for Simon Gagne >

by Michael DeNicola

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 --

"The Flyers have acquired LW Simon Gagne from Los Angeles for a conditional 4th round draft pick, previously acquired from Phoenix," per the Philadelphia Flyers, and just about every single other hockey news outlet. 

That's right, good ol' number-12 will be festooning his French-Canadian aura all over the Flyers dressing room, swathed in the Orange & Black once again. To refresh your memory (as if it need refreshing), Gagne spent ten seasons with Philadelphia, scoring 259-goals and tallying 548-points. On July 19th, 2010, Simon was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning after waiving his no-trade clause, and the deal brought defenseman Matt Walker and a 2011 fourth round pick to the Flyers stable.

At the time, it was more of a salary dump than anything we gained in return. 

He then signed on board with the Los Angeles Kings prior to the 2011-12 season as an unrestricted free agent, and lifted Lord Stanley's Cup back on June 11th, 2012. Simon is currently skating on the final year of that 2-year / $7-million contract, and carries a $3.5-million lean against the Flyers salary cap.

When Matt Read went down 6-weeks with a rib injury, Philadelphia lost its leading goal-scorer (at the time). This Gagne acquisition will aid in bolstering the offense lost with #24 on the shelf. 

At the seasoned age of 32, "Gags" still brings an offensive threat factor to our opposition. Since his end of days in Philadelphia, Simon has played 108 regular season games, netting 24-goals and totaling 38-points. 

That may seem like low numbers, but if we venture not-too-far back to 2008-09 when Gagne potted 34 pucks in 79-games for the Flyers, he averaged just over 19-minutes of ice-time per contest. Over the last three years he's spent away from Broad Street, Gagne's recorded an average of 16:25 time on the ice per game. 

Well, Simon may have dipped in ice-time and points production, but he's still an offensive asset. And he'll definitely help out at wing on a Flyers team starving for depth. If he can stay healthy through the remainder of this season, Gagne may very well foster up some consistency from our forward combinations. 

Just an FYI:

Eklund's reported that the Flyers are apparently kicking the tires on Winnipeg's star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. 

The rumor-monger proclaims, "It isn't going to happen immediately, but I have it from three sources now that the Flyers have interest in acquiring Dustin Byfuglien from Winnipeg. They like his size, his ability to play defense or forward and his scoring touch."

"Big Buff" is currently in the second year of his 5yr / $26-million ($5.2m AAV) contract, which includes a Modified No-Trade Clause (meaning he can submit a five-team no-trade list each year) starting in 2012-13.

Take that information as you will. We're all aware Eklund enjoys throwing shit against the wall and seeing what sticks. It's sort of the guy's forte. 

I bid you good morrow.

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