With the Los Angeles Kings recently saying that they won’t be working out a deal for Ilya Kovalchuk, a new possibility for a talented forward looms on the horizon. That’s right, kids, I’m talking about the Flyers’ Simon Gagne.
Gagne has agreed to waive his no-trade clause with the club and, even with no deal imminent according to CSNPhilly.com, there are some possibilities to consider.
For starters, the ridiculous rumours about trades between the Flyers and Kings to make room for Kovalchuk have got to be put out to pasture once and for all. Message boards lit up after someone put words in TSN’s Dan Dreger’s mouth, announcing reportedly that the Kings were going to send Anze Kopitar, winger and captain Dustin Brown, solid defenseman Jack Johnson, and starting goaltender Jonathan Quick to the Flyers for Gagne and Jeff Carter to “make room” for Kovy.
Once Dreger was able to tweet his stunned surprise that someone would even assume such a ridiculous trade in the first place, things got down to brass tacks. What did emerge was that Gagne actually has waived his no-trade and that he probably won’t be back in Philly when the new season gets underway.
And the Kings do deserve to be thought of as in the mix, especially with the news that they won’t be able to give Kovalchuk what he wants. So Gagne becomes a nice fit in Los Angeles.
But with a year left on his contract, there’s plenty of time for a deal to be made if that’s to be in the cards. You have to think that the Flyers could really go either way here. On the one hand, Gagne’s concussion history and groin injuries don’t bode well and his cap hit of $5.25 million could certainly factor in to making him an attractive player to move.
On the other hand, besides Mike Richards, Simon Gagne could be considered the “face of the franchise” in Philadelphia and his loss would be a big one for fans. As one of the last remaining fixtures of the popular Lindros era, it’s tough to imagine the club without him.
Stranger things have happened, however, and anything’s possible in the wheeling and dealing of the NHL’s hot summer. The only certainty at this point is that Gagne’s waived his no-trade clause. Everything else is speculation, sure, but speculation can be a whole lot of fun.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.