Frank Seravalli of the Daily News was lucky enough to have a word with Simon Gagne who is still jobless, hoping to get a spot on an NHL team nonetheless. Here are some of the most interesting quotes from the article.

Regarding his job with the TVA, which he was apparently offered much earlier, in December last year actually:

“I told them I was not willing to do it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play. I wasn’t ready to turn the page to next year. Once I saw that was not going to work out, I thought I might try TV a little bit to see if I like it, maybe it would be fun in the future. I thought the Olympics might be a great moment to start.”

Looking back at the gold medal which he won with Team Canada at 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City:

“I have moved around a lot in the last few years, to Florida and to LA and Philly, but the gold medal is one of the things I keep taking with me. Once in a while, I go look in the box and check to make sure it is still there.”

On the Flyers and events that transpired last summer:

“It’s in the past, but every time I think about it, it’s tough to swallow. I think a lot if it is maybe my fault. I think maybe I had too much confidence in the Flyers. I had my meeting with [general manager] Paul Holmgren before the free-agent market opened and he told me to hang tight. I thought I was going to be with the Flyers. That didn’t work the way it was supposed to. I made the mistake of telling team employees the Flyers were the only team I wanted to play for this season. I got caught up.”

“I’m keeping my options open. I’m really glad I had the chance to come back and say a proper goodbye. It’s still the best place for a hockey player to play.”

On his injury history & current situtation:

“With all of my injuries, I knew the end was going to come at one point. But watching games, I still believe I can play, I know I could do a lot better than some of these guys. It is all about the health issues in my past. When you give big money to players, you want them to play and not sit on the bench. I totally understand that.”

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