Flyers trade Gagne

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Well, this one is a head-scratcher.

News that Simon Gagne would be traded had been out for weeks and many Philadelphia fans, while appreciative of Gagne’s 10 seasons with the Flyers, were prepared to move on without one of the best forwards the team has had in recent memory.

However the fans were also hoping the team would get a little bit in returnfor him.
Instead the Flyers dealt Gagne to the Lighting today in exchange for little-known defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick in next years draft.

For that price the team could have just released him and saved money. Bellow is the AP report:

New Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman added a big offensive chip to his club by trading for the longtime Philadelphia Flyers forward Monday. Tampa Bay sent defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to Philadelphia to get Gagne, who spent 10 seasons with the Flyers.

“In adding Simon to the Lightning, we acquire a very talented player that will play alongside our top forwards,” Yzerman said in a statement. “With his combination of speed and skill we are excited to have him with us and grateful he was willing to waive his no movement clause.

“This trade not only makes us a better team in the short term, it helps create long-term flexibility for us, which all along has been one of our top priorities.”

In 664 NHL games, Gagne has 259 goals and 265 assists. He ranks ninth on the Flyers’ career list in goals and 10th in points and games played.

He had 17 goals and 23 assists in 58 games last season and added nine goals and three assists in 19 playoff games as Philadelphia reached the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Gagne is eligible to become a free agent after next season.

“I’m very excited right now,” Gagne said. “I’m looking at this opportunity as a new challenge and a new start. Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-move clause.”

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Walker has played in 304 career regular season games over seven seasons. The 30-year-old Alberta native was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 1998 draft.

Walker had two goals, three assists and 90 penalty minutes in 66 games last season with the Lightning. While with St. Louis, Chicago and Tampa Bay, Walker amassed four goals, 26 assists and 444 penalty minutes during his NHL career.

“We like the way Matt plays,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “He’s a character-intense player. He plays physical. He’s a stay-at-home guy that is a good penalty killer. On our team he can buy us dirty minutes and not be a liability, but be a positive force and help and defend our own zone.”

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8 Responses to “Flyers trade Gagne”

  1. Justafan on July 19th, 2010 7:33 pm

    Personally I’m glad he is gone. He was always hyped up but never really delivered in the clutch.

  2. Ryan on July 19th, 2010 8:16 pm

    someone didnt watch the last four games of the boston series

  3. Justafan on July 20th, 2010 8:35 am

    Yeah but someone did watch the entire season and the series against the Blackhawks. And we all know how that turned out.

  4. Ryan on July 20th, 2010 2:45 pm

    Regular Season 58 games 40 points

    Playoffs 19 games 12 points… was playing on a hurt foot.

    how about 2004 against Tampa. I think it was Gagne who scored the game winner in OT to force game 7.

    You prolly werent watching then though b/c they werent in the Cup final.

  5. king ed on July 20th, 2010 6:03 pm

    yeah he was just hyped up….

    he has spent his entire NHL career with the Flyers, and in 10 full seasons, has produced 259 goals and 265 assists for 524 points and 278 penalty minutes in 664 career regular season games. He ranks ninth on the Flyers’ all-time list in goals (259) and 10th in points (524) and games played (664), while placing fourth in both goals and points among left wings in Flyers history.

    In 90 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, he recorded 32 goals and 15 assists for 47 points, ranking eighth all-time in Flyers playoff history in goals (32) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (6).

    Over the course of his 10 seasons in Philadelphia, Gagne led the team in goals on three occasions (2001-02, 2005-06 & 2006-07) and twice in points (2005-06 & 2006-07). He has also been recipient of the Bobby Clarke Trophy, as the team MVP, on two occasions (2005-06 & 2006-07), while also being named to the mid-season NHL All-Star game twice (2000-01 & 2006-07).

  6. Justafan on July 20th, 2010 8:27 pm

    @Ryan The net was so wide open I could have made the shot. Take a look

    Also listen at the end 2 carrems that go the flyers way!

  7. Ryan on July 20th, 2010 10:35 pm

    if your gonna sit here and argue that Gagne is over rated then you arent a fan of this team. get off the bandwagon. They lost in the finals so you can go back to football and baseball now.

  8. Eric Schwartz on July 20th, 2010 11:27 pm

    If not for the injuries Gagne would have been remembered with some of the Flyer greats. As it is he is still considered by most Flyers fans the best player the team has had over the last decade.

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