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Welcome home: Flyers acquire Gagne from Los Angeles

Feb 26, 2013, 4:09 PM EST

Simon Gagne AP

The Philadelphia Flyers have brought a familiar face back into the fold, acquiring Simon Gagne from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.

Gagne, 32, was taken 22nd overall by Philly at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and spent his first 10 seasons there.

During his time as a Flyer, he was named to two NHL All-Star teams and twice won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as team MVP.

Gagne was also named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team in 2000.

The Flyers traded Gagne to Tampa Bay in 2010, where he posted 40 points in 63 games and 12 in 15 playoff contests as the Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Following his stint with the Lightning, Gagne signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Kings.

His first year in Los Angeles was marred by injury problems — he missed 47 regular season and 14 playoff games with a concussion, but did draw into the Stanley Cup final, playing four games en route to the first championship of his career (and first in Kings franchise history.)

After undergoing offseason surgery to remove a ‘mass’ from his neck, he declared himself healthy and headache-free.

Gagne has been in and out of the Kings lineup this season, appearing in 11 games while recording no goals and five assists. He’s been a healthy scratch in Los Angeles’ last four games (all of which were wins, coincidentally.)

This isn’t the first time the Flyers have jumped into the way-back machine and brought a familiar face into the fold. In late January the team signed veteran forward Mike Knuble, who was teammates with Gagne in Philadelphia from 2005-09.

Of note, the pick headed to Los Angeles becomes a third-rounder should Philly make the playoffs.

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  1. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Welcome home, Gags! Zolnierczyk is going to give up #12 jersey

    • jimw81 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Im just happy he’s going to retire as a flyer!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Awesome one of my favorite all time Flyers a class act and a gentleman !

      • flyeredup202 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Im happy to see him back in the Orange and black but he was not a class act…. he was a douche with his lambo flying passed kids wanting to get his autograph out side the virtua center after practice…. this was mulitple times not just a single time….

      • dmacirish - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        it wasnt a lambo it was an aston martin – i have stood there at the players exit many times after the game waiting for a couple of autographs. i have a small pink onesie that lappy signed for my baby girl, love it and she is a fan for life. i remember one time in particular that i was waiting and there were a bunch of adults waiting with sticks and cards and pucks and shirts and anything else that they could get signed so they could huck it on ebay – there was actual discussion about it. this one particular night gagne came up in his aston martin and was moving at a steady clip. he went right by the group with all of their items to be signed but made sure to stop at the one kid standing by himself with a gagne jersey, signed it and took off before the crowd could make its way to surround his car. priceless.

        players have lives to (places to be after games or practices) and dont really care to sign things just for us fans to make a couple of bucks – if it is to make a kid smile i dont think they would hesitate.

    • Eberwizzle - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      I’d much rather see Eric Wellwood or Tye McGinn play every night.

      • ivo918 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

        Flyeredup202 is right in one area. It was absolutely a Lamborghini Gallardo that Gagne drove. Dmacirish you are correct in the fact that Gagne stopped numerous times while I was at the Skatezone for autographs. I have his jersey signed because he stopped.

      • brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Exactly, or Harry Z. See no benefit to this move.

  2. mccarltone - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    While the Flyers are at it, they should see if Roenick’s available.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      To the doucheapocolypse who are trolling with a thumbs up two words ,,,Mark Eaton !

    • jeremyroenickdanceparty - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      he’s not. he’s too busy dancing!

      • pone27 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        JR will always be a Hawk. Never forget that.

      • thailer35 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        @pone27 That’s why he is in the Coyotes ring of honor? He’s not a Hawk.

    • brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Forsberg was in the box for one game…Renberg I am sure would sign…
      Like Gags but see him getting hurt 2 games in…

  3. killerpgh - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Decent move for a 4th round pick. Gagne isn’t the same player he used to be, but still should be able to help. Pretty sure this move put the Flyers over the cap max and are now using Pronger’s LTIR space. If they don’t make another move to clear space they are gonna face a cap penalty next year.

    • girouxvy - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Jody Shelley went on LTIR today to create space for Simon Gagne. Let’s go Flyers!

      • brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        YOU MEAN OUR VETERAN LEADERSHIP…how much do we need.

  4. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    a bigger move is coming from holmgren. book it.

  5. dawglb - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    This is going to be a long, up and down year.

  6. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I was having the worst day until I read that headline. WELCOME BACK, GAGS!

  7. btlpper68 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Never looked right in la

    • ron05342 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      How would you know? He was injured for most of the year.

    • manchestermiracle - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Looked just fine contributing to a SC, the only one he’ll ever get.

  8. broadstbully33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Much needed veteran presence up front. Good player even better person. Not the blockbuster people expect from homer but I’m not in favor of a blockbuster unless its a top dman coming to Philly. 4th round pick that wasn’t ours to begin with is a very fair deal. Welcome home

    • brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Really? Much needed veteran presence…what the H E double hockey sticks are Knuble, Fedetenko, Breire and not to mention Shelly doing then…I’m getting sick of veteran leadership being an asset. Play Harry Z and that speed on Briere’s line, watch him score 20.
      BTW…Breire will be asked to move and he will decline and go into a shell of himself and never play right again…mark it down.

  9. flyersfan67 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Don’t mind the deal, gave up little, maybe he can be what get couts going, if not couts is gone, possibly in package to get buff out of Winnipeg. This could be the start of major moves to restructure team to get even younger. Love to see another deal of a package containing briere to buffalo to get miller. He just needs out of buffalo and we need to get rid of not only briere but Bryz too

    • paul621 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      I really hope Holmgren disagrees with you. You want to give up on Couturier already? The guy is only 20! (And how would sending him off make the team much younger?) As for Bryz, he doesn’t need to go, he needs a backup who can give him some rest.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      You’re out of your mind. Bryz has been stable this year, Briere hasn’t been great but he’s still getting close to breaking out, and Couturier is 20! These are the types of Philly fans I really dislike, the ones who don’t have one iota of patience. The team has struggled for a little more than half of the 21 games and you wanna start breaking it up. Give Couturier a chance to break out of his slump. Briere too. You were probably one of the same ppl saying trade BSchenn, Voracek, and Simmonds before they started lighting it up. I get that in a shortened season everyone is freaking out about the Flyers spot in the standings, but what if you trade Couturier or Schenn for an established vet and nothing changes? They still don’t make the playoffs, and even worse in 1-3 years Couturier or Schenn becomes a star for someone else. When you rely on youngsters there will be growing pains. That’s the way it is. Take a deep breath, be patient, and if they don’t make the playoffs it’s not the end of the world (eventhough I really hope they do). The future is still bright and we get a higher draft pick in a deep class to add another player to the talented core.

    • ml3939 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      They are not trading courturier for every reason everyone loved him last year and the fact that he is only 20. When do ever see a highly touted 2nd year player who is struggling get traded? Briere is not going to get traded before this summer if the ever do trade him. He will be very valuable to teams trying to break the cap floor with his 6.5 million hit and his salary dropping to 3 million next season.

      • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        3rd year but JVR?

      • ml3939 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        He got traded after his third year so technically he is in hs fourth year. I think skill set also sets these two apart. I like JVR and his potential but Courturier has a chance to be special if everything pans out. Had he not had mono the year pior to being drafted, he would not have fell to the Flyers.

      • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        thats what i mean. it was after/during his 3rd year in philly that he got traded…not talking about this year as he doesnt seem to be struggling this year.

  10. bricktop02 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I never seen a team recycle players like the flyers do.

    • 19to77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Just wait until they have a hole at #2C and trade back for Richie.

  11. hockeyfan28 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Awesome he should retire a flyer and he will work terrific with Briere

  12. streetskater1989 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Couturier isn’t out their to score, hes out there cause hes a great defensive forward. yea he’s had a tough time scoring this year but there has been plenty of for him. Just wait a few years his role will expand as he gets older

    • brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      We are making moves due to his lack of production. That takes 2 centers out that are not scoring like last year…Couturier and Talbot. I believe in patients but the panic button is being pushed….I give Lavy 5 games left….that takes us to the Boston game. We get spanked by them then Snider will flip and Lavy is gone.

  13. qsnavior - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Flyers & Flyers West at it again. I’ve always liked Gagne, too bad he never found a groove with the Kings but at least he got a ring. I’d like to see the Flyers win now for Simmonds’ sake.

  14. drewzducks - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Poor guy goes from the penthouse to the outhouse.

  15. philk0731 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    While they’re at it, I hear Mike Richter is looking for a job.

  16. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    This is awesome. I was hoping the Flyers would pick him back up this summer when he becomes a FA but this works too. One of my favorite Flyers of all time and a total class act. He’s obviously not the same player he was when he scored 40 goals in back to back seasons but I think he still has 15-20 goal ability. My one question is how they fit him under the cap? Is this a deal where LA eats some of the cap hit? Either way I’m pleased to see Gagne back in orange and black. He should be a solid 3rd line presence and help the 2nd PP unit. He never found a groove in LA, he should be comfortable back in Philly. Nice job Homer.

  17. steelers88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Speaking of Briere somehow if the Flyers fall out of it I wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins tried to go after Danny Briere and move him to a winger. Since the Pens need a top 6 winger a Briere has played some wing in the past.

  18. pone27 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    A lot of you guys posting must be following the Flyers in the more recent years.

    Gagne’s achilles heal has always been injuries.

    Hes 32, not 40. Simon can easily pick his game up for another 3 years.

    Ya boy Holmgren (lol) actually made a solid trade. Watch Gagne get time with Giroux at some point

  19. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    so far the flyers have aquired 2 dinosaur fossils from the past, this move makes no sense , pointless and laughable at best

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      You obviously lack any semblance of hockey knowledge. Gagne is 32, he’s no Knuble. We all know he’s not the same player but he’s a solid 3rd or even 2nd liner (if need be). On top of that, he’s another veteran presence on a young team. This is a solid, low-risk high-reward type deal. And there shouldn’t be an adjustment period for him in Philly like there was in LA.

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        where are you getting that he still can be effective?? from what ? his time in LA? this year?? what makes you think an injury prone slow guy like this is going to “ignite” your team?? my point is , let go of the past already …the same past that’s got you nothing but epic failure in the playoffs . This isnt game 7 being played 3 years ago in Boston , the guy’s done . this move makes no sense. and Knuble is done as well….

      • Eberwizzle - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        Speaking of lacking hockey knowledge, this is one of the DEEPEST drafts in the past 15 years..he has 5 points all year making 3.5 million……I HATE THIS MOVE!!!

    • har21441 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      If the Flyers are trying to rekindle their “glory days” maybe they should try to sign some members of their 1975 team

  20. rehmer2389 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Wow you’d really trade couts for buff? I think couts has way more upside and yeah he’s not having a great year offensively, but look who he’s been playing with recently…talbot, rinaldo, fedetenko. Not great offensive players. He’s out there for defense right now which he does great at and eventually the offense is going to come

    • jbell33139 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Rehmer2389 – I agree. Couts is the potential future of this team. Dude shuts down Malkin like a MOFO. Yeah, he’s havin an off year…but its a funky year…and hopefully he comes out of it. Love the dude’s play.

  21. mclovinhockey - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Leadership!
    Gagne means Win!!!
    Nice to see him back for a 4th rounder

  22. jbell33139 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I loved Gagne when he was a Flyer, but call a spade a spade…he was ALWAYS hurt.

    I hate that people have to leave Philly to win championships, and come back to pasture.

  23. dcent87 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Jack Bauer = mega butt hurt

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      what am i “butt hurt” over?? the guy’s a washed up injury prone soft player, just reinforces how mis managed and desperate that team in philly is these days

  24. blomfeld - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    COULD FEHR HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THE CHINESE ?

    Probably not, though it sure seemed like anything was possible last December, eh? In all seriousness though, this was a good trade for both teams. Gagne is a nice player with proven skill, however it just “wasn’t meant to be” with our glorious Kings. But he’ll be happy to be back with his old team and he’ll probably have a positive impact on their fortunes in going forward. Nonetheless, I still maintain that as good as the Flyers are, they’re sadly destined to be “forever” spinning their wheels with that “wing nut” Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov between the pipes! I guarantee that if you put someone like Quick, Lundqvist or Schneider in the Flyer’s net, then they instantly become a Stanley Cup favorite. As it is, this mentally unstable “me make stop shot” clown is going to do nothing but keep the team from ever fulfilling it’s true potential … and that’s a shame.

  25. mclovinhockey - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Hey Mike, correct me if I am wrong but shouldn’t it say the pick becomes a 3rd rounder if PHX makes the playoffs?
    First article I read said the pick was originally from the coyotes. That might have been wrong though.

  26. ducksk - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Wow. Philly getting desperate…..again.

  27. broadstbully33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Jack Bauer? Your stupid handle is enough to laugh at you. Go watch some more tv u loser.

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Broad St (wanna-be bully)..you’ll have plenty of time to watch some TV (other then hockey) come mid April when your team misses the Playoffs.

  28. kingsforever - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Ron he DIDN’T look right at all in LA. Not suited for Sutter hockey. Not defensive or physical enough.

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