Simon Gagne’s Imminent Stanley Cup Win Should Be Celebrated by Flyers Fans

June 5th, 2012 by Jason Sapunka Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings are now one game away from winning the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Though some fans of the Philadelphia Flyers might be bitter knowing former captain Mike Richards and forward Jeff Carter are reaching the highest echelon of hockey success, Broad Street faithful should take a moment to celebrate the success of another former player.

Simon Gagne left Philadelphia in a 2010 offseason trade that was little more than a salary dump; the winger went to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick and defenseman Matt Walker, who has played a grand total of eight games for the Flyers since.

Meanwhile, Gagne still sits tenth on the Flyers’ all-time games played list, ninth on the all-time goals list and tenth on the all-times points list. Only four players scored more game-winning goals in the regular season for Philadelphia.

Gagne entered the NHL with the Flyers in the 1999-2000 season as a 19-year-old, totaling 48 points just two years after being drafted 22nd overall in the 1998 NHL Draft. Only one player in that draft—Vincent Lecavalier, who went first overall—has more career goals than Gagne.

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