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Give The Flyers Fans A Hand

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Philadelphia fans, as you know, gets a bad national rap.

But Flyers fans should be nationally praised (we doubt it’ll happen) for the appreciative treatment they gave Tampa Bay left winger Simon Gagne Thursday.

Ditto the Flyers organization, who put together a stirring video tribute of Gagne’s 11-year career that was shown in the first period against the visiting Lightning.

The fans stood and gave Gagne a two-minute standing ovation. They had also roared when he came onto the ice for the pregame warmup.

“The fans were awesome,” said Gagne, still fighting tears after the game.

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landsharkhockey's avatar

Classy.  At last.

Posted by landsharkhockey on 10/15/10 at 09:29 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Good for them. Credit to the fans in Dallas for the Modano ovation as well.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/15/10 at 10:37 AM ET

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This is nice, for sure.  But is it really that remarkable?  Any time someone who had a long, successful career in a town gets forced out, usually that player is welcomed back.  And why on earth wouldn’t he be?  Bill Guerin got a massive ovation at the Penguin game the other night, too.

The circumstances of the departure are important—leaving as a free agent is looked on less favorably by some.  But Gagne was traded, so you can’t blame him for that.  Not to mention, he had a great playoff last year.  Did people really expect that he would be booed —or not celebrated—in his return? 

Or maybe it’s just that the bar is set that low for Philly fans . . .

Posted by Lex Talionis on 10/15/10 at 12:21 PM ET

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Same for McNabb on his return to Philly. These are guys that were dealt and didn’t want out so the Philly fans aren’t going to forget their years of service.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/15/10 at 12:52 PM ET

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