Former Flyer and veteran winger Simon Gagne is looking to return to the NHL after leaving his position on the Boston Bruins last year to return home and be with his family during the death of his father, who succumbed to liver cancer.
Gagne, who will turn 36 in February, told Sportsnet that he hasn’t decided to retire and will be training all summer with hopes of landing a job when NHL training camps kick back up in August.
Veteran F Simon Gagne told Sportsnet he hasn't decided to retire and will be training this summer in hopes of landing an NHL job next fall.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
In 23 games with the Boston Bruins this season, Gagne tallied 4 points (3G, 1A) while skating mostly on the B’s third and fourth lines.
Gagne obviously doesn’t have much time left in the league. His production has fallen significantly in recent years, but he’s still a valuable presence in the locker room, a great playmaker, and should be considered for any team looking to add to their bottom six. Could Gagne make a return to Philadelphia, the city that drafted him 22nd overall in 1998? Probably not, but it’s at least worth considering.
The Flyers don’t have much cap space to bring in a new body, but Hextall has already said he’ll be making moves this offseason. Other, more important players still need to be re-signed, but there could be room for Gagne to come into camp on a veteran tryout offer and sign for $600k or less. He’s a beloved player in this town, and in this writer’s opinion, deserves to retire in orange and black.