Archive for Simon Gagne

Picture: Versteeg Battles Gagne

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 16, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Photo Courtesy of Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

…I’ll never get used to not seeing Simon in a Flyers’ jersey, but he’s now part of the top threat to the team’s Cup chances, so my feelings on that may change.  Versteeg played over 17 minutes last night in his Flyers debut, and was a minus-1, skating on Mike Richards and Andreas Nodl’s line.

Puck Daddy: The Awkward Homecoming for Simon Gagne

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on October 14, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) has a post up on his Yahoo! Sports blog, “Puck Daddy”, about what he terms to be the “awkward” homecomings of Simon Gagne tonight to Philadelphia and Mike Modano later this evening to Dallas.  For the sake of this blog, I’m only going to focus on Gagne’s return.

Photo courtesy of Puck Daddy (Getty Images)

 

I love how Wyshynski likens the return tonight of Gagne to Philadelphia:

“Watching a franchise player skate into his former home arena wearing an enemy uniform for the first time is like going to a wedding with your ex in attendance. The recollection of nostalgic memories is unavoidable.”

Give Wyshysnki’s post a look, it’s a fun read and it’s worth your time: THE AWKWARD HOMECOMINGS FOR MIKE MODANO AND SIMON GAGNE

Updates: SanFilippo Talks Return to Philly with Gagne

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on October 14, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The man of the hour tonight, Simon Gagne, sat down with Anthony SanFilippo (@AnthonySan37 on Twitter) of the Delaware County Times to talk about his impending return to the only city he’s ever really known in his prior 11 NHL seasons, Philadelphia.

Gagne is back in Philadelphia tonight

Now a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Gagne makes his first return to the Wells Fargo Center since being traded down South as a result of the Flyers’ tight salary cap situation in the off-season.  The interview is in transcript format and is a great read.  The two men spoke before Gagne played in last night’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens, a game his Lightning would go on to win, 4-3.

Check out the interview here: SIMON SAYS…

Tweet: Um?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer is usually good for random facts and figures concerning his opponents.  He missed the boat tonight.  To clarify: Marc-Andre Fleury and his Penguins are playing the Washington Capitals.  Simon Gagne and his Lightning are playing the Montreal Canadiens.  I digress…

Well, we will just chalk it up for someone else being a little too excited to see #12 back in Philadelphia tomorrow night.

Tweet: Gagne Will Be Honored Pre-Game

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on October 13, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

…This is great news.  I was a huge Gagne fan, and he was by far my dad’s favorite player so there’s always been a strong connection in my house to the former Flyer.  I will be in attendance at the game tomorrow night against Tampa Bay and will be sure to post some pictures.  As far as that special ticket offer is concerned, check it out.  The game’s worth being in the building for.  It’s going to be an emotional night on all accounts, but it’s important for the Flyers to realize the stark truth: a win is far more important than a former teammate.  (That really pained me to type).  Love and miss ya, Gags.  Hope to see you back in Orange and Black sometime sooner rather than later.

Training Camp: Vorhees is Rockin’

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

As usual, the Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp has been a big draw for fans at the Virtua Center Flyers SkateZone in Vorhees, New Jersey.  However, unlike in past years, there is a real justified buzz in the building as many of the players that hit the ice in South Jersey over the past few days were members of a team that less than five months ago came two wins away from capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1975.

The Flyers are hungry for another run at the Cup

NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman touches on the fact that the fans are excited about the possibility of this Flyers team and talks about the many storylines in camp this season on the league’s website.  From the battle for the 12th forward spot in the Flyers line-up, to the incredible depth the team boasts on the back-end this season, and even the constant goaltending question in Philadelphia leaves Kimelman with quite a bit to write about.  Kimelman also makes note that the Flyers have some particularly established new faces in camp such as Bill Guerin and Sean O’Donnell.  Guerin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and most recently a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is in camp with the Flyers after signing a tryout contract earlier this month with the team.  O’Donnell, who won a Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks, is reunited with his old buddy Chris Pronger in Philadelphia this season, as the aging defenseman was inked to a one-year deal earlier this season.

Of course, another topic of discussion is that of Nikolai Zherdev.  The oft-referred to “enigma” has signed with the Flyers this season and has a lot of pressure on him to perform due in large part to the fact that long-time Flyer Simon Gagne is now residing in Tampa Bay for at least the upcoming season.  Zherdev’s skill and speed have been on display in heavy quantities early on in camp, but many in the media still question whether or not he is completely mentally committed to playing hockey full-time in the National Hockey League.

For more Flyers Training Camp Reading, check out Kimelman’s full article here: FLYERS GET BIG RECEPTION AS CAMP OPENS

Player Report Card: Simon Gagne

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on July 29, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

NAME:  Simon Gagne

POSITION:  Left Wing

Regular Season Statistics:   58 Games Played – 17 Goals, 23 Assists, 40 Points.  -1

Analysis:  Another season, another set of injuries for Gagne.  Hampered by the injury bug yet again, Gagne was limited to 58 games of action this year.  As a result of injury concerns, Gagne, a Team Canada regular, was left off the Canadian roster for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.  Still, Gagne had a solid season, nearly reaching the 20 goal mark, despite missing almost 20+ games this season.  His 17 goal total was a significant drop off from the 34 he put up last season, but it also needs to be taken into account that in 2009-’10 Gagne suited up for 21 less games – a considerable total.  Injury concerns aside, when Gagne was in the line-up he still proved to be an invariable contributor to the Flyers’ Power Play and top offensive unit, spending most of his time paired up with Mike Richards.  He seemed to regain his elite form as the season wound down, which spelled only good things for the Flyers heading into the postseason.

Postseason Statistics:  19 Games Played – 9 Goals, 3 Assists, 12 Points. -2

Analysis:  A large part of the magical run the Flyers endured in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs was due to the wizardry of Gagne when in the line-up.  After being unable to beat Martin Brodeur in the first round against New Jersey, Gagne suddenly was rendered useless when he broke his toe blocking a Brian Rolston slapshot in the later stages of Game Four.  The injury caused the Flyers’ sniper to miss the series-clinching Game Five, as well as Games 1-3 of the Boston series, before returning in dramatic fashion to win Game Four in overtime and keep the Flyers’ season alive.  From there, the majestic Gagne took over.  The Flyers won the next six games they played with Gagne in the line-up, as the forward scored 6 goals in that span including the game winner capping off the Flyers’ 4-3 Game Seven victory against Boston that awarded them a spot in the history books. 

FINAL GRADE: A-

Reasoning:  Call me a softy, a homer, whatever you will.  Gagne didn’t have a spectacular regular season by anyone’s standards, but he proved his worth when it mattered most: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Coming back from a broken toe and keeping up with the pace of the playoffs is hard enough, but actually being a factor – and a gigantic one at that – is even more of a testament to the warrior that Simon truly is.  He’ll be sorely missed in Philadelphia and questions abound as to how the Flyers will replace Simon both on the ice and in the locker room.  It’s going to be difficult to assess how the Flyers do without him until all is said and done.  In the meantime, Gagne likely will prosper with a talented group of studs in Tampa Bay.