Simon Gagne Trade Leaves Philadelphia GM Coming Up Empty

July 19th, 2010 by Victor Filoromo Leave a reply »

At the very least, this is hard to digest. For ten years, Simon Gagne called Philadelphia home.

He was as much a part of the city as the Liberty Bell or Ben Franklin. It’s easy to go the sentimental route with this, but that can be avoided. This is understandable. It is, as they say, a business.

It’s a business that has seen Philadelphia sports institutions like Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb go to Denver and Washington respectively. Bobby Abreu’s trade to the New York Yankees also comes to mind.

The business can be good, and it can be bad. It’s not a problem to see longtime stalwarts like Gagne go. It is a problem to see players like Gagne moved in a deal as incomprehensible as this one.

Sure, the Flyers had limited options heading into this offseason. The goal of trading a big-name roster player such as Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, or Gagne seemed appealing should the team be able to upgrade the goaltending position.

But the goaltending options were never particularly str ...

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