As every off-season, Simon is participating in many regional charity events in Québec, Canada. For the 12th time, Simon held a charity golf tournament which took place last week in Charlesbourg. All the proceeds which were $83.000 this year, went to the Leucan organization. Not even a month later there will be another event – the Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron. Patrice Bergeron and Gagné will participate in the Pro-Am for their fifth time.

The Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron for kids of Québec brings, once again, a great number of participants. 1400 tickets have been already sold as of Tuesday for the event, which will take place August 8th.

Hockey players Patrice Bergeron and Simon Gagné are organizing this event for a fifth year. The game will take place August 8th in L’Ancienne-Lorette, in the outskirts of Quebec City.

Participants have to shell out 3000$ to have a spot on one of the teams and have the chance to play with players from the National Hockey League. Sixteen players have already confirmed – David Desharnais, Alex Tanguay, Antoine Vermette, Maxime Talbot or Marc-Édouard Vlasic, to name a few.

This year, the Pro-Am will be preceeded by a tail gate in the the sports complex’s parking lot. At 4 PM, the players will meet the fans and will sign autographs.

The goal of this event is to raise more than 100 000$ for Pignon Bleu and Leucan.

source: Radio Canada; Big thank you to my friend Myriam for the translation from French!

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(Québec) Simon Gagné should play with the Philadelphia Flyers for at least another year. If it were up to him, his contract would already be signed. But Paul Holmgren, Flyers’ General Manager, is taking his time while other teams show their interest in the Québec-native forward.

More than a week after the beginning of the NHL’s Free Agency, the 33-year-old left-wing born in Sainte-Foy currently residing in Lac-Beauport remains unsigned. He waits and lets his manager, Robert Sauvé, handle the situation.

“Philadelphia is where I want to play next season. It’s natural for me and my family, on top of it being where I’ve started my career. I’d love to finish it there, but in the hockey world, you don’t always have a choice”, observed Gagné, Friday, during his annual golf tournament for Leucan at the La Faune golf club, in Charlesbourg.

Gagné has 13 seasons in the NHL under his belt, 597 points in 799 regular games. The product of the Québec Remparts played his first 10 years in the NHL donning the Flyers’ orange uniform in addition to the last 27 games of the past season. In between, he spent two and a half years with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings. He won his only Stanley Cup with the Kings, in 2012.

Stability

Hard years nonetheless. He admits having hard feelings for Holmgren for trading him in July 2010, twenty-four hours after his “best playoffs of my career”. Wearing the Lightning jersey made him feel like he was “wearing the wrong jersey. It didn’t work!” His reunion with his ex-teammates from Philadelphia Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, with the Kings, helped him feel less alone.

He is also the father of two young children, aged four and two. Since last September, his son was being shifted from daycare to daycare, from Québec during the lockout to Los Angeles when the season started to finish the year in Philadelphia. Daddy is looking for some stability for his young family, and Philadelphia is a familiar territory.

“Maybe I’m too loyal to one team and that’s why things aren’t moving. But we had a good discussion again with them [Thursday] and I’m confident with what has been said. Things will become clear in the next few days.”

The Flyers are choked by the salary cap. Gagné admits being ready to accept less money than what other teams could offer, “to make sacrifices to fit under the salary cap. But I won’t play for nothing. I know my market value”, assured Gagné who says he recieved news from half a dozen other teams, especially from the Western Conference. There were no formal discussions with the Montreal Canadiens.

He now works with one-year contracts. He will turn 34 in February and he always thought about retiring around the age of 35 or 36. But hanging up his skates isn’t in his plans for now. He is on the ice once a week with his son and still feels very much at home. “I have the energy, the motivation, and health”, he recaps, smiling.

source: La Presse; Big thank you to my friend Myriam for the translation from French!

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In an article that Rob Parent published earlier today, the quotes from Simon‘s agent, Bob Sauvé, seems to have tilted the scales a little bit more to the possibility of Gagne’s stay with the Flyers rather than him leaving the team.

“We’re still going to talk about it. I know Paul talked to Simon (recently) and told him he’s still going to try to work it out. We have confidence Paul is going to be able to do that.”

“I know Simon wants to be in Philadelphia. He’s a true Flyer. So hopefully this will be worked out. It’s a different game today with the salary cap. But I’m comfortable that they’re going to find a way to sign him.”

As it has been said before, Simon hasn’t officially spoken to any other teams besides the Flyers. As Parent says in his article, all the talks Sauvé had with other teams were just informal. Should Gagne leave the Flyers after all, it would be for the second time he would have to leave due to salary cap reasons. First, in 2010, they traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning to relief themselves from his, at that time, 5.25 million cap hit. This year it’s similar, only the Flyers don’t have enough space under the cap to re-sign him. Possible future trade could create space for Gagne though, so he just probably needs to wait now. And so do we.

source: Delco Times

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Simon Gagne spoke to the media following the Flyers practice today.

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Following their hard-fought shootout win against the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia Flyers aimed to continue on the winning side of things as they headed off to Tampa on Monday. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do so. The Lightning seemed to be always a step ahead, gaining lead twice in the first period. At 6:38 when Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa it was Maxime Talbot for the Flyers at 13:55. At 17:03 the Lightning regained their one goal lead with a goal from Pyatt. The Flyers were able to tie the game once more when Claude Giroux scored an unassisted goal at 15:21 of the second period but that was all from them that night. The Lightning though had Teddy Purcell to deflect the puck behind Bryzgalov to make it 3-2 and as the time flew by Steven Stamkos scored his 200th career goal as the Flyers were trying to tie the game with an empty net. The Flyers fell to the Lightning 4-2. They don’t play until Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins.

While the overall impression of the Flyers performance wasn’t too good, Simon didn’t have that bad of a game. He was fast, creating offense, also getting some chances himself. He had one shot on net, one attempt blocked and was even in +/- rating. He played mostly on a line with Matt Read and Max Talbot.

Full game recap and video links after the jump!

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After suffering a 5-2 loss in an atrocious game in New Jersey (which I apologize for not recaping, things and responsibilities got in the way) the Flyers returned home to Philadelphia to get a rematch against the Devils. They didn’t start off much better than in the last game, getting outshot and outplayed early on. They also got themselves into trouble when towards the end of their own power play Voracek and Simmonds were penalized for hooking and roughing respectively at 10:34 which gave the Devils a 4 on 3 power play, quickly turning into a lengthy 5 on 3. Fortunately the Flyers were able to kill it off. At 15:21 they also got a bit lucky when Read passed the puck to Gagne who skated with it into the Devils zone and as the two NJ defensmen collided in front of him he got plenty of time to pass the puck to Talbot who put it in the net from a side of the goal, 1-0 Flyers. The Devils managed to tie the game though at 06:09 in the second period when Clarkson deflected the puck behind Bryzgalov‘s back. No other scoring followed in the regulation, though both teams had their chances and good looking moments. The game went into overtime which didn’t see any scoring either. The game had to be decided in the shootout, which historically doesn’t bound well with the Flyers. They were able to win that one though when Read and Giroux scored, while it was only Kovalchuk for the Devils who got the puck behind Bryzgalov. The Flyers won 2-1 in the shootout.

Simon played a good game which seems to be happening more often than not since his return to Philadelphia. Despite not being credited with any shots on goal he made a great play assisting on the Talbot’s goal which put the Flyers in the lead. He blocked one shot, had 15:05 minutes of ice time, 3:20 of which were on a power play and was plus-1. Here’s what Simon said about the goal situation:

“I was able to walk in and go one-on-one against their goalie, who likes to challenge a lot. I could have taken the shot, but I saw Max by himself on the side of the net so I decided to make a pass to him. I knew he was good enough to put that in. It was a good feeling to get that first goal for us.”

Full game recap and video links after the jump!

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