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?
As for the logo itself, it looks a hell of a lot more threatening than their original logo. It better reflects the team’s colors, and anatomically appears more like a jaguar. Some have gone as far as to say that the Jaguars are using this logo change as a means to increase merchandise sales for revenue, but with the revenue-share system that the NFL uses this would be the least of their worries and changing the logo would not be worth their time or money if that were their main goal in doing so.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have had their foot halfway out the door of the NFL for years now. Their move to have a game featured in London for the past few years was great because it has given them an entirely new market in England. Not only did they have the initiative to expand the NFL to England with live professional football, but they have created an entirely new fan base that the city of Jacksonville has been unable to sustain on its own.
The new Jaguar head that is Jacksonville’s logo has received quite a bit of attention both positive and negative. Whether or not one believes it is a positive alternative to the old logo, the team is getting a lot of media attention and has become one of the main focuses in the NFL as of last Tuesday when they released the new logo.
Along with the release of this new logo, the Jaguars have also told NFL fans that they are planning on releasing their new jersey design in April 2013 which will only bring more attention to the team who has gone nearly unnoticed since their last playoff appearance in 2007 when they lost to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. They haven’t even had a record above .500 since then.
Jacksonville unveiled the possibility of upgrading its video board, potentially making it the largest video board in the league!
The new logo has not only given Jacksonville a new image in the NFL, but also brought attention to the team which I believe will result in increased ticket sales and bring back the financial stability to this recently unsuccessful organization.
So fans, you decide:
Hit or Miss?