Philadelphia Flyers: Explaining the WHY WHY WHY in Simon Gagne Trade

July 20th, 2010 by Ronnybrook Leave a reply »
For what it's worth, my sources tell me the bag of pucks the Flyers received in exchange for left wing Simon Gagne are indeed very nice pucks.

By now you have no doubt heard that the Simon Gagne era in Philadelphia ended yesterday, as the Flyers shipped their longest tenured player to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for journeyman defenseman Matt Walker and the Lightning's fourth-round draft selection in 2011.

Considering the fact that many observers and fans of the team were expecting a bit more of a return for the Flyers beloved 30-goal scorer, the hue and cry across southeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware resounded in a collective, "WTF?!"

Because this trade  appearson its surface to be so disproportionate in value that it defies any rational explanation, let's just skip to the analysis of this butterball and try to understand how such an odious transaction was made by the Flyers, shall we?

The Flyers Had Limited Options

I have little doubt the Flyers would have received a better return for a player of Gagne's caliber were it not for the obstacle of the player's no-trade clause. ...

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