What started as a simple offseason possibility has grown into something much bigger.
After a free-agent period in which the Flyers spent over nine million on Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell and Jody Shelley, it is now being reported by multiple sources that Flyers forward Simon Gagne is expected to become a cap causality.
Former general manager and now Sportsnet.ca analyst Doug Maclean, states via Twitter that it’s just a matter of time.
“According to a Flyer source Gagne has played his last game as a Flyer.”
The same was reported by Sportsnet.ca’s Nick Kypreos, who said …
“Talk of Flyers trying to unload Gagne’s contract to soften cap number. A source confirmed his name was brought up in the Tampa talks.”
Gagne, 30, has a no trade clause and is accompanied by a salary cap hit of $5.25 million for one more season. And due to available cap space, will not likely be re-signed beyond next season. As a result, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren may opt to trade the veteran fan favorite over some younger players, primarily Jeff Carter.
Gagne, who was drafted in the first round by the Flyers in 1998 and ranks as one of the longest tenured Philadelphia athletes, has totaled 524 points in 664 games with the Flyers.