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As Gagne’s Value Lowers, Interest From Flyers, Lightning Should Grow

When the Tampa Bay Lightning’s season abruptly ended on May 27, the clock representing Simon Gagne’s remaining time in Florida began to tick down.

With the July 1 unrestricted free agent deadline approaching and the high-priced, oft-injured winger concluding a deal that paid him over $26 million in five years, Gagne, 31, could be looking at a new home or possibly even an old one.

“Gagne, I’d say slim,” said Lightning beat reporter Erik Erlendsson on Twitter, when asked the chances of the player’s return to Tampa.

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Leino’s Value to Flyers Includes Improved Briere

In the face of unrestricted free agency, a player’s on-ice production, both potential and registered, is typically in direct correlation to the dollar amount they make or are set to bring in. In other words, compensation for personal efforts.

Yet, when it comes to UFA to-be Ville Leino and the Flyers, the 27-year old Finnish forward’s production is just one part of the equation. Danny Briere’s production is the other piece.

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Carcillo, Leino to follow Betts, Backlund to operating table

The Flyers have announced the second round of offseason surgeries on Monday, this time starring Dan Carcillo and Ville Leino.  The two forwards will accompany the previously announced Blair Betts and Johan Backlund on the operating table. None of the injuries are deemed serious and all should be ready to go for pre-training camp activity.

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Flyers forward Leino thriving on ice time

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Ville Leino has been a revelation.

Since entering the active line up in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils, the 27-year old Finnish winger has amassed 15 playoff points (six goals, nine assists) to tie a Flyers franchise record for rookie scoring set by Brian Propp in 1980.

This secret to his success?

“A lot of ice time,” Leino told the Finnish Press after Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. “That’s what I’ve been trying to say. When you get to play, you get confidence and that’s the most important thing.”

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Carter, Gagne ruled out for game 5

The Flyers have been uncharacteristically healthy in the post season — that is until Wednesday.  According to the team, both Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will miss Thursday’s game five against the New Jersey Devils with right foot injuries.  The Flyers lead the series 3-1.

“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game,” GM Paul Holmgren told Kevin Kurz. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”

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Flyers get rookie F-Leino for D-Tollefsen

As the 2009-10 season progressed, it because more and more apparent that the Philadelphia Flyers needed more (cheap) skill in their top-6 forward ranks.

And that’s exactly what they received on Saturday, as Philadelphia  GM Paul Holmgren sent physical depth defenseman Ole-Kristien Tollefsen and a 2011 fifth round pick to Detroit for Finnish rookie forward Ville Leino.

“I think he has the ability to play up and down our lineup and play with our skilled players,” Holmgren told Kevin Kurz of Philadelphiaflyers.com. “We’re excited to have him.”

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