Simon Gagne has yet to sign a deal with any team this summer as a free agent. Although he can go anywhere, he says he would like to stay in Philadelphia. I would like him to stay in Philadelphia too. He’s one of the big names I remember playing when I was younger and, as a veteran, his leadership could really help out the Flyers this season. He had five goals and six assists in 27 games last season, and I am confident he would contribute just as much this season.
But there is just one little problem. The Flyers do not have any cap space to sign him just yet, they are already approximately $2 million over the salary cap. Holmgren has talked about inviting Gagne to training camp next week, but only on a try-out basis. If all goes well, Gagne makes the team and the team finds enough cap space to sign him. With Pronger moving to long-term injured reserve, the Flyers will free up a little less than $5 million, which should be more than enough to get Gagne back on board.
It seems simple enough. Gagne wants to play in Philadelphia. The Flyers need a left-winger on the third line. I expect to see Gagne at training camp next week, and I hope the team can make it work for him.