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Flyers interested in re-signing Gagne

Jul 1, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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The Flyers are hoping to keep one familiar face around next season.

Sam Carchidi of Philly.com reports the team is hoping they can bring back Simon Gagne next year. GM Paul Holmgren says that could be tricky though.

“We’ve had a couple of conversations with his agent, and we will continue to talk,” GM Paul Holmgren said on Monday. “We have interest in bringing him back, but limited cap space.”

Philadelphia re-acquired Gagne last season from the Los Angeles Kings and in 27 games with the Flyers he scored five goals and had six assists. At 33 years-old he’s not the dynamic scorer he once was in Philly, but he was useful in a depth role last season and picked up his game from how his time with the Kings ended.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Would love it but he isn’t going to be making more than 2 mill.
    He is almost 35, has a major concision history and has lost a step… He will stay in Philly as a depth player

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Would definitely fit well on the 3rd line for a few years. He still has the ability to put up around 15 goals, kill the occasional penalty, and get some PP time, if necessary. I think he’ll give Homer a home-town discount, hopefully 1.5-1.8. He wants to be in Philly.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I hope Gags finds a way to retire in Philly. He has brought so much to the organization, not excluding professionalism. You want the ‘kids’ to be around a guy like Simon.

  3. herc883 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I’d love to see him stay also but I wouldn’t give him more than 2 years. 1.5 million a season.

    • revphillyd - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Totally agree.

  4. frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    They are looking to sign former Twins 2nd basemen Greg Gagne? Or is it wrestling HOF’er Vern Gagne???

  5. flydommo - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I hope they resign him for two years max at a salary of less than 2 million. He would be a great mentor to the younger players,

  6. Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    they just cant let go of the past can they?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Not when a player that’s still has the ability to produce wants to sign at a discounted price. Sure, Gagne will never come close to his 47-goal season again, but he can still be a solid 3rd liner and locker room presence. He’s very versatile. You need players like that in your lineup. It can’t all be top-notch, expensive stars. And although he doesn’t have blazing speed anymore he’s still got good wheels. This isn’t Knuble, Gagne has a place in this league.

      • Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        i realize that there’s this affectionate connection between the flyers fanbase and certain players that come and go and then come back again ….but if it’s going to financially hinder the chances at them getting a guy like clarkson or vinny lecavlier who can still produce big numbers then why even bother? .. he looked old and slow and i watched more then 5 games to.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Actually he looked rejuvenated and didn’t look out of place on the top line at the end of the season. I’d fully admit if Gagne was over the hill and essentially useless (a la Knuble) but you’re wrong about him. He still has plenty to give and if he signs for the right price it shouldn’t hinder anything.

        I really hope the Flyers don’t pursue Clarkson bc he’s gonna get over $5mil. And he’s not worth close to that. He’s a glorified grinder; Hartnell-lite for more money. It would make no sense. We already have enough forwards who can hit and drop the gloves. Let Clarkson go to Toronto or somewhere else that’s willing to pay. We have more pressing needs. As for Lecavalier, I’d love to see him in orange and black but he’s supposedly looking for a long, expensive deal. And I don’t think we can handle giving a 33-yr old a huge contract when we have to resign some young guys. But Holmgren always likes big names so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave him 4-5 yrs at around 4.5-5.

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  8. mustbechris - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    He really looked good when they put him with Giroux and Voracek towards the end of the season. If he signs cheaply enough he’d be a good top line option. I don’t think they can afford to go more than 2 mill om him though.

    Hope they make it happen. Gagne is an all tome great Flyer.

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  11. brainoflindros - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Yeah, I get it, sign him cheaply. However free agency is right around the corner and if, like all of you are saying he can be signed for 1.5-1.8Mil, then Holmgren should wait. But we have no cap space and he wants to sign now….assuming he is willing to accept the 1.5 mil. Let Gagne be our saftey net. Yes, we all love him but this is a business, if we can get a younger Gagne like player out there for the same money then, we need to do it. And don’t give me Veteran leadership that’s BS, we can sign Shelly for that…hahahaha.

  12. supercoop8 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Flyers top priority has to be signing a goalie then seeing where that leaves them moving on in to free agency. I think it is wishful thinking that he will sign at a great discount, The 1.5 salary you say you would “give” him is a long way from the 3.5 annual cap hit he was paid in his last contract and even further from the 5.25 he was making before that.

  13. DonkeyStick - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Anything more than 1 million is too much

  14. Isaak Koenka - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    The guy took you to the finals, won a cup on the 4th line of the Kings, and got shipped back better than he left Philly… I think you can afford a couple million for him, eh? 15 goals 30 assists in 2014 if he sees regular powerplay time, Guys still got hands, just the timing is a twinge off.

  15. matthewmacisaac - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I would love to see them get it done. He is not the speedy sniper of the past, but he plays a well-rounded game, can fit in on any line or situation, and comes through under pressure. To say don’t overspend is true of any player. I’m sure Holmgren has a plan in place so he won’t lose Giroux (or Couts and the rest of the youngsters). I think Coburn is getting traded for cap flexibility, since the defense played better when he was injured (Meszaros could be in the same boat, but has less trade value because of the injuries). Here’s to Gagne coming back.

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