Philadelphia Flyers: Is Simon Gagne the Next Step?

July 2nd, 2011 by Jason Sapunka Leave a reply »
Just one week after one of the biggest shake-ups in franchise history, the Philadelphia Flyers continued to rock the NHL world on the first day of NHL free agency.

General manager Paul Holmgren spent June 23rd trading team captain Mike Richards and leading goal scorer Jeff Carter, while also signing goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Yesterday when the free agent market opened, Holmgren made another splash by landing big name Jaromir Jagr in an effort to establish veteran leadership in the locker room.

Two additional former Stanley Cup champions were signed via free agency—Maxime Talbot and Andreas Lilja.

Jagr will add offensive depth and should produce more than 40 points next season. Jagr's ability to win puck battles along the boards might make him a fit on the line with Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere.

Former linemate Ville Leino has signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

Jakub Voracek, acquired in the Carter trade, could also be a fitting linemate, as his ability to set up plays may be a fitting replacement.

At this point, either Voracek or Jagr will end up with Hartnell and Briere, whereas the other will skat ...

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