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Bruins to try out Gagne at training camp

Aug 15, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

Simon Gagne, Tuukka Rask AP

Under some serious salary cap limitations, the Boston Bruins could take out a flyer on an old rival to round out their forward corps. The team extended a training camp tryout invitation to Simon Gagne, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

Some might be a little surprised that Gagne is only 34, as he’s dealt with the sort of concussion issues that seem to age a player.

Gagne also sat out the 2013-14 season thanks to a lack of interest after splitting the 2012-13 campaign between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He managed 16 points in 38 games that season and was similarly limited in 2011-12 with Los Angeles (17 points in 34 contests), but he’s not that far removed from being one of the league’s most prolific snipers.

At least, he’s not that far removed from those glory days as far as the Bruins are concerned. Factoring in Marc Savard‘s soon-to-be negated $4.03 million cap hit, the Bruins have a bit more than $3 million to allocate to RFAs Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Taking a look at Gagne and potentially giving him a bargain deal makes a lot of sense from the Bruins’ perspective, especially since they can pass after testing the veteran winger out in training camp.

Naturally, this also opens the door for the odd sight of seeing Gagne in a Bruins uniform.

The long-time Philadelphia Flyers forward scored his fair share of goals against the B’s, with some of the most painful ones coming during Philly’s historic comeback from an 0-3 deficit in the 2010 postseason. This one may still sting for some Bruins fans:

Obviously, Gagne hasn’t shown that game-breaking form in quite some time, but the Bruins might just benefit from a little veteran forward insurance. Unlike that video above, it can’t hurt to at least take a look, right?

  1. upyourstodd - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Trade Mcquaid or Bartkowski. Please.

  2. lowenni - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    “Could take out a *flyer* on an old…”

    Anyways, best of luck to Gagne. Really had a fall from grace from his days in Philly…seems many of them have except for Carter, although Richard keeps winning. Simon could still be a decent bottom six forward for a low price. I’m interested to see how this turns out.

    • puckluckpost - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      His number is available!

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Even though the Bruins are a rival I believe Gagne still has a place in the NHL and he deserves a shot. He’s obviously not the speedster he once was but he’s hardly immobile. And he’s an excellent defensive forward, even if he’s not gonna give more than 10 goals. Plus he’s great leader (not that Boston needs it) who wouldn’t mind a bottom-6 role. Good luck Simon, hope to see him back where he belongs next season.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      He can also play both center and wing. Frankly I don’t understand how he didn’t get a job last season. I’d still take him as a 3rd liner and it’s not bc of sentimentality.

      • c9castine - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        haha…whens the last time you saw him play? how can you even make that statement

  4. tcclark - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    One of my top five favorite Flyers with John LeClair, Mark Recchi, Sami Kapanan, and Dan McGillis (in no particular order)

    … That list was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.

    • restohpens - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Your top 5 favorite flyers of all time don’t include a single member of Broadstreet and only 1 player originally drafter by Philly. Recchi and Leclair… You sure you’re not a Penguins fan?

      • tcclark - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        I love the Flyers history and respect the Broadstreet days, but I don’t think I could call myself a real Flyers fan if I wasn’t alive to see “my favorite players.” All of my favorite players came through the generation of Flyers that I grew up watching. And who cares if they were drafted by Philly or not? Aside from Sami Kapanen they all played more years in Philly than anywhere else.

        Oh and you could argue for Recchi being a “Penguin,” but he did play 9 years through two tours in Philly compared to 7 in Pittsburgh. He won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, but most of his best years came in Philly. It’s a decent arguement, but you can’t say that I can’t like Mark Recchi because he played 7 years in Pittsburgh.

        ..And John Leclair played 10 season in Philadelphia compared to 94 games at the end of his career with Pittsburgh. Don’t be stupid, he’s a Flyer.

    • courtjester1234 - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      thanks for making me feel old. I don’t see Kerr or Howe or Barber or Flockhart or…thanks again

      • tcclark - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Would Rick Tocchet make you feel any better? He was in consideration and he played with those guys.

  5. phtjoey - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    hmm! was it not obvious that the b’s lost to montreal because of the lack of speed? gagne certainly won’t bring the much needed speed this team needs.

    • shaundre93 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      The obvious reason was Carey Price. Don’t act like the B’s got severely outplayed or something. I believe structure > speed. Just ask Darryl Sutter

      • phtjoey - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        What? don’t think for a minute the kings didn’t have speed. they were able to skate with ducks, hawks and rangers. believe what you want, but clearly the b’s lack of speed in transition and through the neutral zone was a factor.

      • shaundre93 - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Mtl had a quick strike offense that gave them some fits, but Boston dominated possession in games 1-5. I just want to forget games 6/7… Idk what team that was. But if not for price B’s win in 5. Not trying to be a homer, I honestly believe it. And its not that the kings don’t have speed, they just don’t play a fast game. They’re very slow and methodical in their approach. I’d rather my team play that style. Speed is never a bad thing but I’m not ready to change the identity of the team because of 2 bad games

    • nhstateline - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      speed was part of it but so was an inability to put the puck in not just on the net. How many open nets did they miss ? Quite a few. And too many stupid defensive mistakes from young guys and relying on Zee to do too much so that he got worn down (and hurt) by the end of the series. If Mr. Gagne can put the puck in the net and still has some mobility then why not ? Never heard a bad word about him personally and the Bruins are big on that too. It wasn’t like Mark Recchi could skate his last year here with any speed but he brought that veteran leadership presence that was so important to them winning the Cup. This could also be part of bringing Mr. Gagne in. He’s here for what he can do but also what he brings in terms of character and leadership.I’ve thought the Bruins have missed a guy like that since Recchi left and maybe this could be a way to get someone back again.

      • phtjoey - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        all good points. let’s hope it works out for them.

  6. flyboystransport - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Hope he lands a job, good guy and was a great player for the flyers.

  7. shaundre93 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I like this a lot. I’m really hoping this might mean they have a suitor for Chris Kelly. I think Gagne would be a nice replacement for him on the third line, and for a fraction of the price

  8. paulerhythm - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    That lousy concussion is what is stifling Simon Gagne. One more brain scrambler and he’s done. That’s why no one wanted him last year. Too risky. Too bad, cause he’s a great player, er was…

  9. c9castine - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    i dont see how/why the bruins would sign torey krug.

    even with an aging/ increasingly young and thin defense, reilly smith is a priority and krug is already getting KHL offers and its not like your going to sign both for 3 million, come on. hes just another tobias enstrom, not as good.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Are trying to compete with the Elvis-loving Kings fan regarding highest% of thumbs down? Set a new standard fo lameness?

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