Flyers send Gagne to Tampa Bay.

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Philadelphia

It’s the end of an era here in Philadelphia.

The Flyers have traded long-time left wing Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, a move which was done to clear up cap space.

I’m not exactly thrilled about this though. You see, Simon Gagne has been my favorite Flyer ever since I went to my first Flyers game back in 2000 against the Edmonton Oilers. He scored the first goal of the game in the second period while seemingly diving over the outreached stick/arm of Tommy Salo. Ever since then, I have donned the #12 home Flyers sweater while watching the Flyers, whether I am at the game or watching from home.

Unfortunately, Gagne’s career has been hampered by a laundry list of injuries. (No pun intended.) From a groin injury to a concussion a couple of years ago to a foot injury that kept him out of the first half of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Bruins. Also, he was unable to win that Stanley Cup in Philadelphia he rightfully deserves. (not that it was his fault)

As for the trade itself, I understand that cap space was needed,a but I was a bit surprised when I learned what we got in return, defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 draft. Honestly, I had never heard of Matt Walker until today. That being said, I can’t really say that we got nothing in return. Although at first glance, this seems like a trade of a goal scorer for penalty minutes, like when the Flyers traded Scottie Upshall to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Dan Carcillo. (Carcillo has improved his game since then.) Truth be told, I am not a huge fan of this trade.

This obviously is not the way any Flyers fan wanted to see the Simon Gagne era end in Philadelphia.

At any rate, it’s been a great 11 years. Thanks for the memories Gags.

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Comments
  1. Alicia Dupree says:

    Truly the end of an era – let’s get Lindross back!

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