Gagne Go Bye-Bye

Per your source of choice, Simon Gagne is a Philadelphia Flyer once more. The Kings get a conditional pick in return. The Kings get a fourth round pick (one that previously belonged to Phoenix) if the Flyers miss the playoffs. If they make the playoffs, the Kings get Philly’s third rounder.

Despite some fantastic play from our old friends Brayden Schenn, who is having a breakout year much to the chagrin of Kings fans who momentarily forget that we won the Stanley Cup, and Wayne Simmonds, who rules, the Flyers kind of suck this year. They are below .500 and trading for Gagne won’t help much as their problem is defense. They are near the top of the league in goals per game, but their PK is terrible. But why the hell am I talking about the Los Angeles Kings’ Eastern Conference affiliate? Fuck those guys.

The Kings lose 5 assists in Gagne, but they won’t be missed. Gagne has been the Kings most ineffective player this year, and while I have always been a big fan of Simon, he was just taking up a roster space for no reason. That sounds harsh, but if a guy like Gagne isn’t sniping, he isn’t helping. I do hope he can find his game again in Philly. Their high-flying style should suit him better than the more subdued game the Kings need to play without their bruisers Mitchell and Greene protecting the forwards.

The question becomes who takes the extra spot on the roster? The Kings just have Richardson now for spot duty. Dwight King deserves a sound benching or two if you ask me as well. Either way, a call-up is the next order of business. I’m pulling for Andy Andreoff, a feisty little spark plug who don’t take no shit. He could fit in very well with Stoll.

So, what do you think? Stupid move? Should the Kings have held onto Gagne? Gotten more for him? Just happy to have the cap space? Don’t care?



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  1. Good riddance. Im happy Philly gets him but he was worth just the dumping of his contract.

  2. Would have been nice to have traded Gagne and maybe a 3rd round pick (2nd if necessary) to get Simmonds back. That way we could send King or Nolan back to Manchester and call up another skill player. Would have been a solid trade for a stronger lineup.
    Alas, if the flyers miss the playoffs and we get their 3rd round pick for him, then this will end up being a good trade for us. I would like to see Toffoli and Pearson get called up togethe so at this point it’ll probably be Andreoff or Vey that gets called up right now.
    With this trade, though, I expect that Dean will be looking to make another trade or two to land a bigger name player now that we have a little cap wiggle room.

    • He very well may, but I would think its probably top 4 defenseman if he is trying to swing a bigger deal.

      I think he should stand pat right now though. The Kings are starting to turn things around, so just let it ride for now, unless there is a deal out there too good to pass up.

      Trading for Simmonds though would cost ALOT more than a third and Gagne. Think a 1st and a 3rd/4th liner or good prospect. Simmonds stock has gone up a fair bit since we traded him.

      • True enough about Simmonds! He’s been really great recently.
        While I agree with you about staying with the current flow of things, I just feel like DL might try to make a splash somewhere to shore up the D or get a possible replacement for Penner for next year.

  3. See ya, Gagne. Wish you would’ve never got hurt but that’s life. No hard feelings, enjoy the ring..

  4. With Penner’s improved play, Gagne became dead weight.

    Tiffoli, anyone? Will he get a cup of coffee instead?

    • That what I was thinking but only if he is given a 9 game tryout (waivers) and a chance at a regular spot. Maybe he’ll catch fire.

      Did Penner play that well or, more likely the Ducks were so tired that Penner actually looked like he was skating? Still, keep Penner

  5. I’m surprised and not so surprised. Surprised that Philly actually wants him. Yes he had some great years as a Flyer but check out his production after his 05-06 peak year. He’s been in steady decline since then. The guy’s too fragile and I wouldn’t be surprised that he gets injured real quick if does end up playing every game.

    Not surprised we let him go. I agree the guy’s a waste of a spot. And you’re right if he’s not sniping then it just ain’t working out. I don’t give a shit if he’s got tons of experience. If the puck’s not going in the back of the net then that experience gets cut real short. So good luck to him back in the city of brotherly love. The guy’s got maybe two years left in him?

    When can we trade those picks for Jamie Benn??? Benn Richards Carter and Kopi’s line along with Stolly and Frasers? Repeat but Benn already signed again with Dallas so that ain’t gonna happen.

  6. Wasn’t thinking about it really, but not surprised either. He feels like the kind of guy that needs to build chemistry and get a spark and he wasn’t really doing either.

  7. I don’t like it.

    I don’t see how a 4th, or a 3rd, is a better option than having a 2 time 40+ goal scorer on a decent contract. This team is hurting for offensive skill at wing. I would’ve given Gagne a much longer look than what he got this season, as I believe he can bring more than Dwight King in his sleep, drunk, and with his arms velcro’d to his ass.

    I’m not a real big fan of the lack of interest management has in obtaining players that bring a high skilled game. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t the same Simon Gagne he was in his prime, but lets not forget this guy’s 2-way capabilities.

    I in no fucking WAY, see how King should have a roster spot over Gagne.

    • WE WANT MORE MONEY, BUDDY!

      This was a trade about dollars and cents. We weren’t bringing Gagne back next year, and he currently doesn’t play (and doesn’t deserve to). In essence, we were paying a $3.5MM insurance policy against one of the top six guys going down, and even then, we have other candidates (PANCAKES) to replace him.

      The one thing I’ve come to love about Lombardi is that he doesn’t make a move just for the sake of making it. Every transaction is meticulous and intentional. Having Carolina throw in that extra 5th rounder for Westgarth, so we could go out and flip it for Ellerby? Genius. There is a method to the madness. I fully expect the Kings to grab a decent back-end player at the deadline to shore up depth with the added space.

      Gagne on paper is a hell of a lot better than Gagne on ice. He doesn’t score. He doesn’t hit anyone. He looks flashy, but he’s clearly lost a step and is as fragile as my girlfriend’s self confidence. There is NO justifiable reason for keeping him, unless you adore crappy french-Canadian accents.

      I wouldn’t mind using the extra cash for another D-men…yes yes, DD and Muzzin are playing OK, but it’s hard to trust two guys who’ve had combined something like 40 career games before this season. Greener is done until May, Willie’s career may be over (it’s his head, not his knee)…would you feel comfortable with DD and Muzzin trying to contain the Sedin Sisters or Datsyuk’s line? Didn’t think so.

      According to capgeek, we now have over $9mm of space to do something. I just hope Deano pulls the trigger on another move instead of simply holding the space until the cap comes down next year.

      • I find it a little frustrating that Drewiske gets tossed in with Muzzin all the time, as if they are in the same tier. Perhaps Drewiske isn’t a grizzled veteran, but the guy had close to 100 NHL games under his belt coming into this season. He’s no rookie and has played plenty of long stretches of games before, he just has never been a top 4 staple.

        • …and never will be, he’s slow and steady. He looked good…at times even great against the Ducks but the Ducks limped out of the 2nd and didn’t show up for the 3rd…even Penner looked like Flash!

          I am very happy with Drewiske as our D7, IMO none better. And perhaps that the position Drewiske is battling for. While both are filling in for injuries and both are playing for spots next season,,,especially Mizzin. If so he better show an upside equal to or better then Dresiwke before he’s done. Last night wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a benchmark either.

          • I’m a big fan of Drewiske, and I know he has probably peaked as a player, but he’s also not that old and has some room to improve. He’s a smart player and underrated at blocking shots. What separates him from a player like green is the physical play and the edge. Drewiske is a big boy, but he’s just not that mean. I was encouraged seeing him get into it a little with Perry. I’m not sure he can, but if he can bulk up a bit and add some bite to his game, I’d take him as a mainstay in my 5/6 spot easy.

            Perhaps my favorite thing about Whiskey is that he can sit for extended periods of time, but keeps himself in game shape and doesn’t miss a beat when he is needed. That is hard to find and makes him, IMO, one of the better 7th defensemen in the league.

          • good points! he has a good attitude for a guy who has had to sit long stretches on the bench.
            He is very willing with blocking shots.. but he does not have the mean Green streak in him.. that is true..I am truly happy the guy is getting a chance this season to prove himself and he has been very accountable.
            GKO
            WWTC!!!

  8. (I hope) The Kings are freeing up cap space to go after Ryan O’Rielly, which would be sooooooo freaking awesome!

    • I don’t, the last thing the Kings need is another center, especially one that is demanding big $$$ when he hasn’t proven a fucking thing. Oh and the asking price is too steep, Avs can keep him.

  9. Despite some fantastic play from our old friends Brayden Schenn, who is having a breakout year much to the chagrin of Kings fans who momentarily forget that we won the Stanley Cup

    … Uh huh. OK, then.

    I don’t know what to think, really. Gagne didn’t get enough of an opportunity to play and get into a groove here, but he DID score 22 points in 45 games, which isn’t too shabby. I would have liked to have received more for him, but this seems to be more about clearing cap space, and the trade’s a success in that regard.

    • Sometimes it better to start early then get caught holding the goods. LA has some talent waiting to come up. Don’t know how much more Lombardi can stall before having to give away even more prospects.

      • Don’t know how much more Lombardi can stall before having to give away even more prospects.

        … I don’t think he’s too concerned about the prospects, except to maybe play them to the point where their trade value is acceptable enough. He and Sutter dig the vets.

        • Clifford, Nolan, King, Lewis, Muzzin, Martinez, Voynov, Ellerby, even Quick before winning the Cup. Hardly vets. I think they, like most, like a healthy mix.

          • Clifford, Nolan, King, Lewis, Muzzin, Martinez, Voynov, Ellerby, even Quick before winning the Cup. Hardly vets. I think they, like most, like a healthy mix.

            … Quick was thrown in there as a last resort, when LaBabs definitely wasn’t getting the job done and the only other option was Ersberg, who was 4-6 in his last 10 decisions.

            Ellerby wasn’t a prospect when he was acquired. He was a young vet, but still a vet. And, again, he was acquired as a last resort.

            King and Nolan were called up mid-season to replace Hunter and Moreau, two vets who were the first options BECAUSE they were vets.

            It could be argued fairly convincingly that the Kings have made sure Clifford’s seen as little ice time as possible from the day he arrived in the NHL.

            Martinez was called up grudgingly, and if the Kings thought they could acquire a vet tomorrow to replace him in the lineup, you bet your ass they’d do it. I don’t think Alec is long for this squad AT all.

            Voynov was the best defensive prospect they had for a couple years running. I’d have hoped he’d get a shot sooner or later.

  10. This is all about two things:

    1) Roster room for Martinez. Sometime (hopefully this is an indication of soon) the kings will need roster spots for Martinez and Mitchell. There are no two players you can send down without risking someone more valuable than Simon on the waiver wire.

    2) Picks. Acquisition of assets sapped many of our picks for this year. Not a big complaint because said assets assisted significantly in winning a Stanley Cup (first world problem? I think so…). Nonetheless, it is becoming clear that this years draft is VERY deep, and you can bet that Lombardi will want to work himself into the action where ever possible.

  11. Gagne was less of a problem than a solution, and his game has been lacking more than Penner’s, the other albatross on LW – I say that because Gagne because he never played downright terrible, but he never played excellently. And while Penner can Jekyll & Hyde his play, at least there’s some variance…Gagne was just plain mediocre ALL THE TIME.

    He is a finesse guy, but even that is lacking as long as he’s been on the team. Kopi added grit to his game and JC also is tough, but Gagne, if he can’t even play physically like them, he’s really of no use, and thus his end of service for us. Yep, it’s a shame he didn’t deliver what we brought him here for, but at least the experiment is over…

    • He is a finesse guy, but even that is lacking as long as he’s been on the team. Kopi added grit to his game and JC also is tough, but Gagne, if he can’t even play physically like them, he’s really of no use, and thus his end of service for us.

      … Guys like Gagne aren’t out there to be physical; toward other players, anyway. Gagne’s always been tough in his own way. I can forgive the guy in that aspect anyway, considering what he’s been through with injuries. The Kings knew what they were getting with him. It’s not like his attributes or his history were secrets.

      Justin Williams isn’t a physical player, for example, but the Kings love him enough to have him on the top line. There’s no reason to think Gagne can’t match Williams’ production if and when he’s close enough to 100% to receive an opportunity and get into a groove.

      • Perhaps Gagne could have found a rhythm here at some point. I believe Gagne has said he’s 100% too, his benching a were completely performance related. Either way, its not a travesty, and Gagne and Williams are very different players. To compare them simply because they both aren’t physical is to create a microcosm where one uselessly exists.

        • I believe Gagne has said he’s 100% too, his benching a were completely performance related.

          … Nothing is completely performance related, and you should know this by now.

          Gagne was on track to score around 40-50 points when he first started playing here. That’s not bad production. Anything after that has to be taken with the consideration that he suffered injury and missed a lot of time.

          Either way, its not a travesty

          … Where did I say it was?

          and Gagne and Williams are very different players. To compare them simply because they both aren’t physical is to create a microcosm where one uselessly exists

          … Nope, to compare them is pretty fair, actually. Never said they weren’t different players in certain aspects, but they’re two guys who aren’t physical and they’re primarily judged on how many points they produce. One may be slower, one may turn the puck over more often, one may be a better passer, one may be a better shooter … but they’re not very different players at all. Clifford and Gagne are very different players. Brown and Gagne are very different players. Williams and Gagne aren’t all that different.

          • Hey, I was hugely in favor of signing Gagne and like I said, I am a big fan of his game. But his game is off, and stylistically the Kings prefer size on the bottom 6 and Gagne couldn’t find a groove on the top 6.

            As for Williams and Gagne being different, I think they are very different. Gagne is a trigger man and Williams is a playmaker. They serve different purposes on the ice. Yes, they are both judged by how many points they put up, but Williams has been creating space out there even while not netting a ton of points himself, while Gagne was ineffective altogether. Like I said, he is a trigger man who was having a hard time finding the trigger.

            Lombardi directly said as well that Gagne kind of preferred to get moved as well. You always like to harp on DL for not caring about the career of players or them personally. Well, this is a move also motivated by consideration of the player. He wasn’t gelling, wasn’t getting the minutes, so Lombardi accomplished many things at once, he did a guy he’s known a long time a solid, cleared a roster spot, cap space and banked some picks he can use to try and move up in the draft.

          • but Williams has been creating space out there

            … Lol. The guy who creates the space on his line wears number 11.

            Well, this is a move also motivated by consideration of the player.

            … Yeah, Lombardi moved a guy who hardly played a half-season of games here. He’s a real hero.

          • I didn’t knock 11. Kopi creates the majority of the space, but Williams does support in that and create space of his own as well. You are very diametric in this thread.

            And if you don’t care about him helping out Gagne, then I don’t want to hear any more bitching about what you think they owe to Bernier.

          • I don’t want to hear any more bitching about what you think they owe to Bernier.

            … You talk about me being diametric, and then act as if Gagne = Bernier? Gagne is past his prime. Bernier is not. Gagne wasn’t drafted in the first round by this team and went through every step the Kings asked him to go through. Bernier did. Gagne was a potential top line player who was given an opportunity to fulfill that potential by his original team. Bernier is a potential number one goalie and has not been given any opportunity.

            Don’t do this. Really weak, man.

          • The issue is not Bernier vs gagne, the issue is you dismissing any value to DL helping a player out when you disparage him directly for not doing that with another player. You may think its different that one is young and the other is old, but they are all humans, and if you are end to complain about a man’s lack of humanity, don’t show your own by differentiating between the value of a player’s feelings because of their age.

          • … It’s two completely different situations. Their ages are merely one aspect of it. I listed a couple other aspects of it already. If you want to dismiss them, that’s fine. I won’t.

          • I’m not dismissing them, I am talking about one specific thing, and you want to say that’s irrelevant by using the same point I am? Your logic leaves me wanting. Really you just refuse to think of Lombardi as anything other than a monster. How do those words taste in your mouth? ;)

      • I agree with you Dutch, Gagne is not there to be physical, but when 11 and 77 are stepping up and adding that physical play to their game (obv. not DB or Stoll or Richards level physical), it makes Gagne’s shortcomings more apparent.

        Yes, he’s a tough player, but had his health issues recently, and we knew the risk that he may not have panned out. Would have been great if it did, but…

        So no surprise to see him go (or Loki for that matter)…just cutting losses where the team can, and positioning for trades, cap hit, etc..

        • but when 11 and 77 are stepping up and adding that physical play to their game

          … Kopitar is no more physical now than he was three or four years ago. I think a lot of people simply choose to have selective memory about him, because it fits their narratives.

          There’s a strong case to be made that Carter is less physical now than he’s ever been in his career. I think Carter plays a smarter and more efficient game than he ever has before.

  12. FUCK Terry Murray! If he hadn’t jerked around with Simmonds, I don’t think Lombardi would have included him when they got Richards.
    As for the roster place, yea Dwight King has been MIA and you can’t send Nolan back because the kid is busting his ass out there and takes some of the fighting chores away from Clifford who has become a beast to play against.
    Richardson is fast, and was much more durable last season, so give Richardson a shot, and if they really need to bring someone up, and Dean is still not ready to give TT a shot Tanner Pearson might be a decent 3rd or 4th line wing just to give him some NHL experience.

  13. Lombardi indicated on an interview today that he feels Richardson (who he said plays LW, RW , Center, on anyline) is more than capable of filling in when needed. He said he has no thoughts on bringing anyone up from Manchester and feels they need to develop their game their (at least for this year). I think both Toffoli and Pearson (and maybe Hyka) will get a shot incamp.
    Brayden Schenn has gotten better in the offensive zone as the season progressed, but has had a few multple point games, in between of which he disappears. For most of his 80 plus games as aFlyer, he’s been a disappointment . He a skilled offensive player, but he’ struggles in the neutral zone and is usually poor in the Flyers zone and loses way too many board battles that causes turnovers and goals. He doesn’t protect the puck very well, hopefully he can get better at that because at his size , he should be winnign those battles. He’s having a good year as far as developing his offensive game but the other areas are lacking , which doesn’t equal breakout. he also tends to shrink against better teams, which hopefully is something he can get better at.
    I lke Gagne but he is not a Sutter type player> Sutter changed the complexion of this team, gave it an identiy, a big physical hard hitting team that attack and are aggressive. That metamorphosis occured while gagne was hurt. It was pretty clear this year he just is not a part of the Sutter team. He’ll be much more successful with Lavvy’s pond hockey system and the Flyers all offensive ‘score 6 because we’ll give up 5′ philosophy

    • Thanks for the insight on Schenn. Of course I only see NHL Tonight highlights.

      I’m also happy with Richardson. I’ve been wanting him to get more playing time as well. When I wrote about a call-up, I hadn’t heard the part about the Kings wanting to keep two extra defenseman and one forward when Martinez returns.

      I just really want Dwight King to sit for a game or three.

      • On Schenn- the Flyers are media darlings and are on NBC, NBCSports and NHL network alot. As a matter of fact they are on tomorrow night before the Kings game. They have a tough schedule this week, Caps tomorrow, Senators, Penguins and next week the Bruins. They will slowly slide down the EC pole. Myonly hope is that the tailspin and yet another disappointing year will get Lavvy fired and a coach who understands that defense is a part ot the game and does WIN championships hired. But I go a feeling that won’t happen Home rwill continue to do as Big Ed says, gut the team and we’ll always have a goaltnding issue. The rumor of the week is that the Flyers are talking to the Jets about Buff. That’s just what we need, a guy with weight issues in Sout Philly surrounded by cheesesteaks, pizza nd hot roast pork w / broccoli rabe sandwiches.
        I agree on King- I don’t get what Sutter sees in him, and if for no other reason, it’s not good for Richardson to sit out for weeks on end. he couldn’t do any worse and played pretty good the last game he was in.
        I miss Willie Mitchell but wonder if he returns , given he’s not played in almost 9 mos, ihow long it wll take for him to get back to speed and if this knee situation will affect him permantly.
        I still think Dean is looking to upgrade on D…and if Buffalo continues to die off, if they’ll be ridding themselves of some of their D.

    • Sutter changed the complexion of this team, gave it an identiy, a big physical hard hitting team that attack and are aggressive.

      … It’s annoying that untrue stuff like this continues to be repeated. The Kings HAD an identity before Sutter was hired; the Kings were a big, physical hard-hitting team before Sutter was hired, the Kings were a great defensive team before Sutter was hired. That’s, for the most part, their identity now. In their own zone, the Kings’ defense, their routes to the puck on dump-ins, their coverage, their breakouts – that’s all Terry Murray hockey. And, that solid defense has been the Kings’ calling card for nearly four years.

      Sutter added the aggressive element to the team when he had the personnel up front to do so. You’re not going to play an aggressive game with guys like Moreau and Hunter up front, unless you want to get killed. It’s not Terry Murray’s fault that Brown and Williams weren’t playing well offensively until the trade deadline. It’s not Terry Murray’s fault that Richards (one of the few bright spots offensively at the time) got hurt in December and there was very little structure within the team’s forwards. It’s not Terry Murray’s fault that he dealt with the growing pains of the Kings for three years as they were maturing, and it doesn’t make Darryl Sutter a better coach just because he inherited a more finished product. It doesn’t make Darryl Sutter a better coach because the Columbus GM (who got fired) made a really dumb trade which effectively doubled the number of true top-line forwards on the Kings’ team (from one to two) and got rid of a guy who was poor defensively. It’d be nice if people just stopped for a second to look at the facts.

      • You make a lot of good points, and a lot of the credit for teaching guys like brown and Kopitar how to back check and kill penalties, along with the defensive system, goes to Terry Murray. But there are two things to remember that make a difference:

        1) Murray was a self-admitted teaching coach, who never had a talent or an interest in being the guy who motivates his players. Teaching makes you good. Motivation puts you over the edge.

        2) Lombardi expressly stated that around the time of the Carter trade, He and Sutter spent 3 days watching tape, trying to find the scoring problem. He also stated that Sutter did find a problem in the attack, and fixed it by making the forward come down lower for support in break outs, and come in more aggressively on forechecks. Carter was brought in to add finish and also to kick start the teams offense and restore enough confidence for Sutter’s changes to take hold. He did exactly that, and the rest is history. I was at the game it happened. I forget who they played, but Carter lit them up (it was his second or third game). I looked at my wife right then and said. That was all they needed, right there. It just happened. Carter did what Lombardi brought him in to do that night. Their confidence doubled every game after that, and soon they were steam rolling teams and scoring 3-4 goals a game.

        So while the quality of goaltending and defense is clearly attributable to Murray, the aggressive smothering offense is a Sutter product and the kings are still a middling team without it.

        • … It’s silly to think the Kings somehow weren’t motivated to win games before Sutter came aboard. If Sutter was so great at motivation, why were the Kings’ results WORSE from the time Sutter came aboard as head coach to the time of the Carter trade? (They were.)

          It’s all well and good to play a pursuit defense up front. I do remember suggesting this on a few occasions during the Murray years, and I do remember Bobby calling for it here. But, I saw the merits of a passive system, especially to a team that was young and growing. Keeping things simple is not a bad idea in that case.

          When Carter arrived, the team finally was able to drop Penner to the third line – which, with the pressure to score off, he was able to simply focus on having good shifts, and found his groove once again. As the regular season came to a close, the team was also completely healthy. A far cry from what it was in 2011, where Clifford-Richardson-Simmonds had to be the top line going against the favored Sharks, and the Kings’ best forward was unavailable.

          It’s not as hard to maintain confidence with a team that is fully intact.

          So while the quality of goaltending and defense is clearly attributable to Murray, the aggressive smothering offense is a Sutter product and the kings are still a middling team without it.

          … The Kings were a middling team without Jeff Carter, regardless of whether Murray or Sutter (or Stevens) was coaching. That’s a fact.

          One thing I know now … something I did not know before … is how to win a Stanley Cup. I’d never seen a team play every game of a season, from the first to the end of the Stanley Cup Final, and actually win the Cup. Now that I have, I’m shocked at how much luck is involved in the process. I’m shocked at how much success the team attained simply by getting hot and staying healthy at precisely the right time. I’m shocked the Kings got offense from guys like Lewis and King and Nolan, even from Fraser – the offense teams need to have if they’re going to win it all. The doorbell rang, and the Kings answered. It was the proverbial perfect storm. Now, I don’t want to say the Kings were lucky, because I’m sure they worked awfully hard for it, but all of the factors which are generally chance-based were firmly in their favor. In other words, the Kings played excellently, but the luck in their favor certainly didn’t hurt.

          I’ve never seen the Kings execute the Murray defense in their own zone as well as they did in those playoffs, and that was as much a reason for their success as the pursuit defense was. Sutter was able to implement a new look within the team because he had the personnel to get it done. It all came together. I’m not saying Sutter didn’t do a good job, because he did. I’m saying that the team had an identity before Sutter came aboard, and that they were a solid hockey team before Sutter came aboard. And the attributes the Kings have had for the past several seasons had much more to do with the Kings winning the Cup than many people want to admit. It doesn’t go with the narrative; it doesn’t make for as good of a story. I understand. But I’m looking for what’s true.

    • For not being a Sutter type player, you’d never know it when Sutter replaced Richardson with him after game two of the Cup Final. ;)

  14. Well I must be getting better about the trading ..after all these years.. or maybe it is easier when they are players I really do not consider our own.. I was/am also a Fan of Gange and was excited when we acquired him. But he did not pan out as expected. He is an injury prone player, and as we are learning about concussions, one makes you susceptible to the next.. etc. I do wish him well but in the back of my mind think his best day may be behind him.
    He really did not fit on any of the lines, and I did not see a place for him. Unlike the Murray system, I do believe in line chemistry and that certain players do much better when allowed to team up with others.
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC!!!

  15. For all the ink wasted on the injury to Willie Mitchell, The Kings are lucky that it was Willie Mitchell and not Rob Scuderi, given a choice of the two stay at home defensemen. Were I to start a team I would take Scuderi over Mitchell any day.

    • I know that this doesn’t sound right, I know I didn’t say this correctly it sounds kind of offensive. But I think you know what I mean.

  16. Quote on NHL.com:

    I almost feel like I never left. Just walking in the building before the game, knowing everyone, everybody is still here. And a nice welcome I got in the warm-up and after the first five minutes in the period, stuff like that. It’s almost like coming back home.
    — Simon Gagne on his first game back with the Flyers — a 4-1 victory in which he scored a PPG

    Thanks Gags. Lovely.

    • I can’t tell if your thanks gags is facetious. It shouldn’t be if it is. There’s nothing wrong with that. Gagne really should have been a career Flyer, but we all know how great the Flyers are at keeping guys around they claim to want to be Flyers for life.

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