Simon Gagne Returns to Philly

February 26th,

Simon Gagne of the Los Angeles Kings was traded to his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers. In return, the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Champions will receive a conditional 3rd Round Draft Pick, meaning if the Flyers make the playoffs this season the Kings will get a 3rd round pick, whereas if they fail to make the playoffs the Kings will get a 4th round pick.

As a King, Gagne scored 7 goals in 45 games, only playing 11 this season, and missing the last 46 games of the 2011-2012 season due to a head injury from which he continues to feel symptoms. Having turned 33 as of February 29 and now playing his 13th season in the NHL (10 with the Flyers), Gagne is not exactly at the top of his game, and carries about as much value as a 3rd or 4th round draft pick at this point in his career.

Coming back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010, Gagne was introduced with a tribute video featuring his highlights with the Flyers over his past 10 seasons with them. Although he may not be at the top of his game, Simon Gagne means a lot to the fans in Philadelphia, and showing that he can score in just his first game back with the Flyers against the Washington Capitals, might even become an integral part of the struggling Philadelphia offense.

Trading away a 3rd or 4th round draft pick in 2013 may hinder the Flyers’ chances of picking up a decent defenseman or even a minor league star, but with Gagne meaning so much to the fans of Philly it was a good decision to bring him back despite his questionable health. But will the Flyers benefit from this acquisition? Only time will tell.

What do you think, fans? Hit or Miss?