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
As Simon voiced back in April after the Flyers’ season came to a close, he would like to stay in the Flyers organization, where he returned last February after spending one season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and one and a half seasons with the LA Kings. Given the team’s situation with their roster and salary cap, it’s understandable that they haven’t given Gagne any offer. Yet… At least that’s what Simon hopes for.
“I had two really good meetings, with both ‘Lavy’ [coach Peter Laviolette] and ‘Homer’ after the season ended. They thought that I did a lot of good things toward the end of the season and liked what I brought to the team.”
“Right now, they have some money issues, which would prevent us from doing anything. The salary cap is complicated and there are rules.”
“My agent has kept in touch with ‘Homer’ and he told us that he would call us before the draft.”
Simon is also confident with his condition, he believes he’s in a good shape.
“I’m 33 and you can start to see the end. I’m really happy with how the season ended. I hadn’t played a lot of hockey. I was hurt, and then the lockout, I only played in the  Stanley Cup finals. Maybe four games in a whole calendar year. It took me some time. But I’m still able to play.”
In the latest article on Philly.com Simon talks about his future and expresses his wish to stay in Philadelphia. Here are his quotes:
On his past with injuries etc.:
“You wake up and you feel it. You look at all of the stuff you have gone through – the playoffs, all the games you’ve had to play, all of the injuries, the surgeries. It’s part of the game. I’m not the only one who feels that; there are a lot of guys in here who feel the same way.”
On how he feels right now:
“I’m starting to enjoy the game again, that’s been the main issue. The last 2 years have been a little bit tough. Health was an issue. Not playing as much as I wanted was an issue. I’m back to being healthy again. I’m starting to feel good on the ice. Even when we’re losing right now, I’m having fun coming to the rink. That’s something that, to start the season, I lost a little bit. All that helped me get a good feeling again about the game.”
“This is a place, I always say, that’s maybe the best place for me to play. Is that because it’s the only place I’ve really played? I don’t know. Philly is one of the places that I have good memories, good friends, and my family is comfortable there.”
On the future:
“It would be an easy choice if ‘Homer’ would come to me and ask me to stay. We’ll see. I’m not sure if they’re going to want to make a lot of changes, or what they are thinking. It’s tough to look at our team, tough to judge why we play so poorly sometimes. We don’t have a full lineup, it’s a shortened season.”
On the ‘money issue’:
“I’m at the point of my career where I made really good money for a while. As a player, your goal is to win the Stanley Cup. I did that [with the Kings last season]. I still want to win the Stanley Cup. At the end of the day, money is just a small question. Being happy is important. If I like the place, I’ll make things work – for everyone to be happy, to make sure that it doesn’t hurt the team.”
Dear visitors, fellow Gagne fans,
as you must’ve noticed in the past few weeks the frequency of the updates on the website has lessened. I am very much sorry for that. Since I am in my final semester of graduate school things have been really crazy for me and it won’t get any better in the upcoming weeks. I am currently working on my diploma thesis and will have to add studying for my final exam soon. This is all very stressful and demanding, and because of that I haven’t been able to post many news on the website. Add the time difference to that – I don’t think I’ll be able to stay up the whole night to watch the few more games left in the Flyers season. Since the pressure will grow as the exam will be drawing near I’m afraid I won’t have time for SimonGagne.com at all. I hope you can understand that.
But worry not! If everything goes well I should be free by the beginning of June and will come back to continue working on the website as hard as ever before. I will try to make it even better for you, guys. I will try to get you more involved. And I will be bringing you all the important news that have anything to do with Simon. Because that’s what I really love to do
In the upcoming weeks I will at least try to keep you updated via Facebook and Twitter. So remember to “like” and “follow”! And make sure to check them out
Remember, this is not a goodbye! It’s more of a see you soon I just felt the need to give you an explanation of what is going on and why there have been so few updates recently. Thank you again for understanding and I’ll be seeing you soon!
Admin’s note: I apologize for the delay. I had some technical difficulties. Thanks for understanding.
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!