Nov 23, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne (12) prepares to face the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Kings 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Back to Where it All Started; Simon Gagne Traded to Philadelphia

This afternoon, Los Angeles Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi made a trade sending veteran Simon Gagne to the team he began his NHL career with, the Philadelphia Flyers. In exchange, the Kings receive a fourth-round draft pick but if the Flyers make the playoffs this year, that will turn into a third-round selection.

Feb 15, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne (12) in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

While Simon Gagne’s presence was important to Los Angeles’ championship run last season, his playing time has been limited. Due to an injury last season, Gagne played only 34 games in his maiden season in the City of Angels where he scored seven goals and added 10 assists. Gagne then returned for the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final but failed to register a point.

This season, Gagne has spent half his time being a healthy scratch. In the 11 games he did play thus far, the 32-year-old registered five assists.

I really wish Simon Gagne could have been with the Kings for longer than he was but I understand that the team had different plans and I respect that.

He returns to the team who he spent the first 11 years of his NHL career and I certainly hope the familiarity will have the Ste. Foy, Quebec native feeling right at home.

I am sorry Gagne’s time didn’t work out as well as it could have in Los Angeles but he is and always has been a classy person not to mention a great player with a lot left in the tank. I wish him nothing but the best in his second tour of duty with the Flyers and beyond.

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