Simon Gagne moving to the Los Angeles Kings?

July 14th, 2010 12 Comments

Just a quick update here, with the Kings now appearing to be falling out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes it appears they are now making a play for the Flyers Simon Gagne.

Gagne’s agent has reported to ESPN that he has been given permission to talk trade regarding his client with the Kings. His $5.25 million cap hit would most definitely be more friendly to the Kings future cap situation with players like Drew Doughty coming up for contract negotiations in the next couple years.

Also the Kings would be acquring a proven playoff performer with an Olympic gold medal to his name. Gagne is a solid 30 goal, 60 point player in the NHL, and while he is not as flashy as Kovalchuk he could be more valuable to the Kings playoff performance next season.

Please comment below with your thoughts on Gagne possibly moving to the LA Kings instead of Kovalchuk.

**Update** It appears that Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell could be leaving the Flyers shortly. Possibly sending them both to the Kings, no word on what the Flyers would be receiving in return.

12 Comments

  1. James says:

    Good move for the Kings. Much better than the Kovo circus going to LA. Gagne is a great player and brings great team spirit and leadership from Philly.

  2. Mike Burse says:

    Thanks for the comment James. Very much agreed that Simon Gagne would be a better fit in LA in the short term. With his $5.25 million contract expiring at the end of the 2010-11 season it would give them more flexibility to resign Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds at the same time.

  3. Jack says:

    Can Kovalchuck sign with a team already, and I don’t want to see Hartnell leave Philly. Hartnell can score and dish out some punishing checks.

  4. Kyler says:

    i would love to have them on the kings but gagne is old and injury prone kings dont want another williams on our hands and i would take them as long as we only give up prospects and picks because our entire team is our core and they will not get berneir nor quick as i have seen in previous rumors

  5. Freddy O says:

    I agree…top priority is leaving cap money for Doughty!!!! Make him a King for good!!!!

  6. Mike Burse says:

    I agree with your sentiment Jack, Kovalchuk should just bite the bullet and sign already. He would likely get more money going somewhere like the Islanders but he has a much better chance of winning in LA. Also his wife would like to have him playing as well.

    I would be surprised to see the Flyers give up Hartnell, he became the heart and soul of that forward group in the Finals. He played like a man possesed!

  7. Mike Burse says:

    I would be alright with them trading Quick if it meant bringing in an experience scoring forward under the $5 million mark. Steve Beriner is more than ready for the NHL, although it would be wise to have a veteran back up for him in that scenario.

  8. Mike Burse says:

    I can’t see the Kings letting Doughty go anywhere, he should be one of the top 5 defencemen in the league for a long time. I very much agree that they need to lock him up long term. Although with the CBA expiring in the next couple years teams will be less inclined to hand out big long term deals. Especially with the uncertainty of what the new CBA will look like.

  9. josh says:

    Not sure where your getting the Kings are falling out of the Kovi sweeps…at this point, there the only team in it and there has been speculation from numerous sources that he will be signing there by tomorrow…

    However, after the past 2 weeks, anything can happen…

  10. Mike Burse says:

    Thanks for the comment Josh.

    At this point it seems like every other day the Kings are reported to be out of the running. I have heard LA, Anaheim, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and more as rumoured teams interested. It seems like every second day the Kings are going to sign Kovalchuk and then it falls through.

    At this point I think everyone has an element of guessing when it comes to Kovalchuk. But you are correct, more and more the scales are tipping in the King’s favour.

  11. Chuck says:

    Gags, Hartnell and Boucher for Quick, Simmonds and a pick?

  12. Mike Burse says:

    Interesting trade, but the Kings would be taking on around $10 million in salary while the Flyer’s would come out ahead in terms of the cap situation. Boucher would be a veteran back up for Beriner, but I would find it hard to let go of Wayne Simmonds in any trade. Although having Hartnell and Gagne up front would make them instantly better.

    Interesting idea Chuck!

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