CSN Philly has announced that Simon Gagne has agreed to waive his no trade clause. A trade looks likely. But where is Gagne going? I have a few ideas listed after the jump
The Flyers are close to the salary cap right now ( $577,738 according to capgeek.com), so this move is defintely to free up some cap space. Gagne is in the last year of his contract and is due to make $5.25 million this year before becoming an unrestricted free agent (UFA) next july.
Here are what I think are some possibilities for moves the Flyers can make.
1.) They might be looking to add a goalie still, and maybe looking specifically at freeing up cap space to sign Marty Turco who had declined an offer the flyers had made previously
2.) They could trade Gagne to Boston for Tim Thomas, who has been rumored to be on the trading block.
3.) Another rumor going around is that Gagne will go to the L.A. Kings. This sounds right because I know the Kings were interested in Kovalchuk but I'm not sure what they would give up to get Gagne from Philly.
Either way I don't think Gagne will be a Flyer much longer and if I had to guess where he was going I would predict he gets traded to the Kings for an NHL roster guy like Wayne Simmonds, and a pick and/or prospect. Then they have the cap space to sign Turco who I think would be a better option than Tim Thomas. The Flyers were another team that went for defense so far in free agency and I think Turco would play well in front of that defense.
So the question is where does Gagne end up?