So Long, Simon Gagne: That’s All the Flyers Got in Return?

July 19th, 2010 by Andrew Mason Leave a reply »
That's all?

After ten years with the Flyers and giving it his all through thick and thin, Simon Gagne is gone.  Everyone has heard about it for about two weeks now that he will be a goner because the Flyers were 3.1 million over the cap and he only had a year left on his deal. but most thought that the deal was for a goalie.

In return the Flyers get Matt Walker and a Fourth Round Pick.

Wait.  What?

Yes, Matt Walker yet another behemoth defensemen,  listed at 6 foot 3 and 214 pounds and a fourth rounder in next years draft. For those keeping track at home that gives the Flyers, eight NHL defensemen.  Five of whom who are making at least 3.2 Million. 

All combined now the Flyers are spending approximately 25.1 million on defense.  How much for goalies you ask? A wimpy 2.475 on two of them(if you want to add Backlund, it's 3.175).

After I heard I thought maybe he was an offensive defensemen.  Nope.  Five points last year.  But he did have 90 penalty minutes which would have been good for fifth on the team but most among defensemen beating Chris Pronger by ...

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