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Flyers consider inviting Gagne to camp

Sep 3, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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For 27 games, Philadelphia Flyers fans were able to watch Simon Gagne back in the team’s uniform once more.

One would think that the 33-year-old winger would be lost in the numbers game for the cap-challenged team, but that might not be true. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that the team is “kicking around” the idea of inviting Gagne to training camp for a paid try-out.

“But I’m sure he’s getting calls from other teams, too,” Holmgren said. “I have no gut feeling as to what Gagne will do.”

While familiarity could help the Flyers’ cause, the team is currently about $2 million above the salary cap ceiling, so they couldn’t re-sign Gagne upon watching him try out even if they wanted to.

If Gagne gets antsy or simply gets an offer from another team, then this could all fall through. Of course, the Flyers could also pass on a talented but injury-marred forward.

Still, Flyers fans might delight at the idea of some more time with a fan favorite.

In other good Flyers news, Holmgren told the Inquirer that he believes banged-up defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nick Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros could enter next season in close to full health.

  1. mclovinhockey - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    This is so far from shocking.

  2. nightfireop - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    look flyers, if you’re not gonna sign him, we’d love to have him back (kings)

  3. jimw81 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    he’s staying in philly. he wants to end his career in philly and flyers will make moves to get him sign.

    • jimw81 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      29 days till Flyers regular season hockey.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    This isn’t shocking news. It was part of the scenario most ppl laid out… either they deal Mez or Coburn, clear cap space, and sign Gagne at 1.5-1.8 or they invite him to camp then sign him to a deal when Pronger’s LTIR exception kicks in. So far, it appears they aren’t trading anyone so Gagne will probably be invited to camp. Not sure what Homer will do to get the club cap compliant until Pronger is off the books but I’m sure he has several scenarios worked out.

    I, for one, hope to see Gagne on their talented 3rd line this season and I think it’ll happen.

  5. valoisvipers - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I say cut him loose, he has seen his better days and would only take up bench and cap space. The Flyers have kids that need more ice time to further their development.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      But he really wouldn’t be stealing minutes from the young guys. The only kid he’d take the spot of would be Laughton, who could benefit from one more year of juniors anyway. The lines would be essentially set with Gagne on board: Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek, Simmonds-Lecavalier-Schenn, Gagne-Couturier-Read, Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo. That’s a pretty stellar forward corps. In reality, instead of poaching minutes, he’d be allowing for versatility through the lineup. He can play on both the PP and the PK, if needed. So if someone gets hurt he can step in. He’s still got 15-goal ability and he brings great leadership. Other than the the cap issues it’s a no brainer to me.

      • valoisvipers - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        You make valid points for sure but I would still rather see them go with a younger more energetic player. Maybe I’m wrong but I believe Gagne has lost his passion for the game.

  6. President Charles Logan - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    For the love of God ,I respect the guy and all but move on already Flyers! … quit bring back all your old loyal re-treads….

  7. matthewmacisaac - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I’d like to see him on the team. His versatility would be great. He’s responsible defensively, can play on PP or PK, and in an emergency could move up to the 2nd or 1st lines seamlessly. I think he’s more useful than Talbot, who played his ass off the first year in Philly, then looked like he was playing beer league last year. Gagne also has a knack for scoring clutch goals that can’t be overlooked.

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