Gagne eager for first contact

VOORHEES, N.J. – As Simon Gagne took the ice for the Philadelphia Flyers’ first intra-squad scrimmage of the 2008-09 season, all eyes were locked on the long-time Flyer to see how well he skated and more importantly, if he would take contact.

“I’m still looking for the first hit,” said Gagne, who made it clear he wasn’t hit in the scrimmage. “I’m very confident that everything’s going to be okay, but until I play in a game and get a hit, we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to happen at one point, but when it’s going to happen I don’t know. It might happen in a scrimmage, but (Steve) Downie is on my team, so I think I’ll be okay.”

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