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"When I heard [Tuesday] that they had signed a contract with Dan Cleary, it was like a slap in the face. I'm disappointed. I knew that hockey was a business, but with all the positive discussions we had with the CEO Paul Holmgren, I can not believe I did not return with them. "
-UFA Simon Gagne on his discussions with the Flyers. More from LA PRESSE (translated)
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional draft selection in the 2013 NHL Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Simon Gagne, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Gagne, 32, has played in 11 games this season with the Kings, recording five assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 195-pound native of Ste. Foy, Quebec has played in 772 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Kings, recording 586 points (283-303=586) and 318 penalty minutes. In 109 career NHL playoff games he has 59 points (37-22=59) and 32 penalty minutes.
With the pre-All-Star break portion of their schedule now officially complete after last night’s 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit comfortably atop the Southeast Division, second overall in the Eastern Conference and can rest, save for All-Stars Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, with five days before a meeting with the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
51 games in the books, 31 to play – before the second season, that is, which is now nothing short of extremely likely for Tampa Bay. (Playoff hockey, folks! And – gasp – something to get excited about!)
Actually, there’s been plenty of excitement surrounding the Lightning all season already.
There are, of course, the 31 wins – second only to Philadelphia (33) and matched only by Pittsburgh in all the National Hockey League.
There’s the 16-4-2 home record and the fact that all but one of the Lightning’s hockey games in February will be played at the St. Pete Times Forum, with ten tilts remaining on the lengthy 12-game homestand.
There are individual performances to consider, namely St. Louis and Stamkos, near the top of the league in goals, assists and points all season long and the latter now in position for “Rocket” Richard and Art Ross honors with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby on the shelf.
Roughly half-way through the 2010-11 NHL schedule, what was once known as the “Southleast” Division is no more. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers are all slotted in playoff position presently and the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers are just below the eight seed cut line, in ninth and tenth place, respectively.
Tampa, Washington and Atlanta comprise half of the Eastern Conference’s top-six and all five Southeast teams together make up exactly fifty percent of the East’s top-ten. That’s no small feat and certainly worthy of some commendation therefore.
Tonight, the Lightning and Capitals will focus only on each other as they meet in Washington, even in the points department, with first place in the division and the chance to match idle Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s conference-leading 53 points on the line.
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I’ve tagged him the Lightning’s “wild card” all season, even before the neck injury that cost him 18 games. After a pointless first six games in a Lightning uniform, it was hard to forecast what Simon Gagne might bring to Tampa Bay this season. After all, recent history tells us that productivity elsewhere may not instantly equate to success alongside Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa (see: Tanguay, Alex, both before and after his single season as a Bolt). Add in that lingering injury – the latest in a career full of them for Gagne – and there is still really no telling what the former Flyer might be capable of for the long haul.
But, for a night, the wait was well worth it for both player and team, as Gagne lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 overtime decision in Toronto with the decisive tally in the extra frame.
Lecavalier remains out for the immediate future, so whether these two end up meshing as intended is still very much up in the air. And, of course, sustained health for Gagne is always a question mark (though, really, isn’t it for all of us?) But if Gagne’s impact on the Bolts last night is any indication as to what he might bring to the table for Tampa Bay in the long run, as my ever-optimistic Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran, suggests ad nauseam, maybe there really is something special coming together for the Lightning this season.
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In this week’s episode, the gang looks back at four games for the Lightning last week and previews three upcoming matchups and questions whether or not the recent Stamkos 50-in-50 talk was a bit premature.
Also, Mike wards off a horrendous head cold, Mark welcomes back the Whale and Jon keeps one foot firmly planted in (his) reality.
Finally, against all odds, The Bolts Beat crew prevails over deadly, swarming, killer flies. (No, really.)
Have a listen…
from Erik Erlendsson of the Bolts Report at the Tampa Tribune,
Injured left wing Simon Gagne returned to practice Tuesday, but is not quite ready to return to the lineup.
Gagne has been out since Oct. 22 with a strain in his neck suffered when he hit neck first into the boards on Oct. 21. He has undergone several tests since then to try to pinpoint the nature of some minor vision issues he was encountering when he would turn his head from side-to-side.
The final determination, Gagne said, was some swelling in the back of his neck constricted blood flow, which the medical staff believes caused the vision issues.
I had the opportunity to be a guest with Rob Kerr on Calgary’s FAN 960 radio on Friday night. We talked all things Lightning, including the continued success of Steven Stamkos, the current injury status of several key Bolts, their overall solid start to the season and where I see them going from this point forward. You can check out the entire segment here (split into two parts) or can download the audio files after the jump.
A tough stretch just got tougher for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Already missing forwards Steve Downie and Simon Gagne from their top-six forward ranks, the Bolts will now be without the services of Vincent Lecavalier, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand in Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Washington and will miss three to four weeks as a result.
Forwards Johan Harju and Marc-Antoine Pouliot are set to be summoned from AHL Norfolk today to help stabilize a now-hobbled Lightning offense.
For Lecavalier, who will miss at least ten games barring any expedited recovery, the setback marks another disappointing chapter in recent history. The Lightning captain followed up career bests of 108 and 92 points from 2006-2008 with 67 and 70-point campaigns the last two years and was off to an unremarkable start to this season with three goals and nine points in 13 games. All this, of course, after signing an 11-year, $85-million dollar contract extension in July of ’08 by former ownership…
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From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)
What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)
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from Joe Smith of the St. Peterburg Times,
Gagne has seen several doctors, including local neurologist Ed Grant, and though he said there doesn’t appear to be any symptoms related to concussion, they’re still trying to get to the bottom of what’s wrong before he can move forward.
“We’re still not quite sure what’s going on,” he said.
Head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan said the next step is a nerve conduction test today to make sure the nerve patterns are properly coming out of the neck. Mulligan said an MRI of Gagne’s cervical spine showed some fluid in the back of his neck, but they believe that’s from an old injury while Gagne was with Philadelphia, and not a cause for his current symptoms.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Mark and Mike pile up on Jon for coming clean about not being able to stay up for late games recently but, later, Jon returns fire by taking the show to a very dark, dark place. Aside from Tampa’s recent west coast road trip, the boys discuss the scuttlebutt surrounding Steven Stamkos’ second contract, the Lightning’s recent rash of injuries (including that of Simon Gagne, who remains out) and the weekly end-show segments are, as usual, full of vim and vigor. “Missing the Mark” targets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mike’s “Missed Call of the Week” goes after an officiating staff for their entire body of work in one particular game and Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” has the Hall of Fame induction committee in its crosshairs.
Enjoy. This one’s a doozy…
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In the latest episode, Jon quickly puts to bed the nonsense stemming from last week’s show, the gang discusses the week that was for the Lightning, some leaguewide issues (including yet another suspension) and, as always, close things out with the specialty segments, “Mike’s Missed Call of the Week”, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” and Mark’s “Missing the Mark” (which desperately, desperately needs a new name, folks).
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A quick look at what’s happening (and what’s happened) with all five Southeast Division clubs as we head into the weekend:
We’ll go top to bottom:
1st place, 6-2-1 (13 points)
By and large, folks have been impressed with the Bolts thus far. As I wrote on Wednesday night, all six of their wins have differed significantly from one another and, though it is extremely early, that is a distinctive mark of a good team.
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In the latest episode of the show, Jon, Mike and Mark review the Lightning’s 2-1-1 record in the week just past, discuss some minor injuries currently nagging the club as well as possible recalls, analyze the recent messes with Rick Rypien in Vancouver and Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey and offer up their early season surprise teams and underachievers. As usual, Mike gets all emotional with his Missed Call of the Week, while Jon’s What the Hell Was That? segment features a sincere apology to the fans on behalf of the show and a call for increased responsibility in the “fan blogger” community. Finally, Mark gets his wings, debuting his new end-show segment, “Missing the Mark” - (a temporary title, as he reaches out to the show’s audience for feedback and other ideas).
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Last night’s tilt between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t highlight any instructional hockey videos – it was ugly, all-around, really – and the finish was marred by what was probably the longest video review in the history of NHL hockey in October. But, though the 3-2 Islanders overtime victory serves as a shining example that, even in a slop fest like this one, there’s some good and bad to go with some serious ugly, I can’t bring myself to go full G, B & U today. (Tried – didn’t work – onward…)
Instead, some random observations:
It’s not as though I’m ever pulling for the Lightning to lose but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the first Guy Boucher post-loss press conference.
I’ve been impressed with Boucher, who seems to have the favorable blend of teacher, tactician and shrink attributes in his bag of coaching tricks, from the start. He’s been intense all the while but he’d led me to believe that after a loss – particularly a poorly-played loss – we’d see a different side and, last night, he didn’t disappoint.
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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.
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Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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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.
Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…
The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.
Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)
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In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.
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Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.
Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.
But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.
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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Nice little story coming out of precamp workouts was how Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Simon Gagne got his No. 12 jersey number from Ryan Malone. It seems Malone just gave it away and, apparently, expected nothing in return. Malone will wear No. 6.
“It showed the class of the guy,” Gagne said Monday after his first skate with his new teammates after 10 seasons with the Flyers. “I heard a lot of great things about him, but by giving No. 12 away that just showed the person he is. I’ll try to buy him dinner on the road this year or something like that. It’s a number I’ve been wearing since I was a kid, so it means a lot to me.”...
After finding out Malone was wearing No. 12, Gagne said he would wear 21, which he wore at the 2002 and ‘06 Olympics in deference to Jarome Iginla. But after Malone spoke to head equipment manager Ray Thill, Gagne got the news Malone was willing to give up the number.
“I said we’re happy to have him on the team,” Malone said. “He’s done some great things with that number and it was time for a change for myself, I thought, so it was no problem at all. I just said with open arms, ‘Come join the team.’ “
The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.
As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.
Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.
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In these early days of the Steve Yzerman era here in Tampa, the consensus opinion on his re-molding of the Lightning roster has been overwhelmingly positive.
He promised a methodical approach and got to work in just that fashion almost immediately, adding here, subtracting there and strengthening the overall product all the while.
Few onlookers, if any, have been unimpressed.
But what has been done under Yzerman to this point, until on-ice results can be considered, that is, has to be labeled with the age-old, “on paper” caveat.
Essentially, Yzerman has shed some dead wood, plugged a few holes, added much-needed depth in key areas and maybe, just maybe, found the spark to reignite his club’s captain’s once-dynamic career. And before we forget, he’s given the hottest young coaching commodity in the hockey world the task of leading these fortified troops to success.
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As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)
In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)
To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.
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from John Boruk of CSNPhilly,
What were Gagne’s main deciding factors? Would you believe: cap space. Ironically, he didn’t want to be with a team in a similar situation the Flyers had put themselves for a couple of reasons. Primarily, he is not looking at this as a one-year rental. That may or may not be the situation in Tampa Bay, but he wanted to know that there would be plenty of cap room to sign a multi-year contract past this upcoming season.
Surprisingly, the Detroit Red Wings had expressed interest and wanted to add Gagne, but with less than $4 million in cap space, the idea of joining one of the most successful franchises in hockey didn’t seem too appealing. The same can be said for his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
Ironically, it was conversations with former Red Wing and Tampa GM Steve Yzerman sold him on the idea that he could become part of the Lightning’s rebuilding process, and Gagne feels they are a playoff team that will only get better.
via Frank Seravalli tweet,
Flyers source confirms Simon Gagne has indeed been traded to Tampa Bay. Waiting to hear on the return.
added 2:34pm, via another Seravalli tweet,
Done deal: defenseman Matt Walker and a 4th round pick come back for Simon Gagne.
added 3:00pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After a quiet week of little action on the NHL front, teams leapt back into the fray Monday, with the Philadelphia Flyers mitigating their salary-cap woes by sending Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick.
In the 30-year-old Gagne, the Lightning receive a proven goal-scorer that will help fast-track their rebuilding program launched under new general manager Steve Yzerman.
added 3:57pm, from Lightning.com,
“In adding Simon to the Lightning today, we acquire a very talented player that will play along side our top forwards,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “With his combination of speed and skill we are excited to have him with us and grateful he was willing to waive his no movement clause. This trade not only makes us a better team in the short-term, it helps create long-term flexibility for us, which all along has been one of our top priorities.”
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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning apparently has interest in acquiring Flyers left wing Simon Gagne. It’s tough to tell how serious it is because no one within the organization has said so publicly, but it would be naïve to believe otherwise.
Put another way, why wouldn’t Tampa Bay at least inquire about a proven goals and points producer who is being shopped by a team desperate to clear cap space? And to put it even ANOTHER way: Why wouldn’t general manager Steve Yzerman be salivating over the possibility of having his top two lines be (left to right) Gagne-Vinny Lecavalier-Marty St. Louis and Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Steve Downie?
Acquiring Gagne, 30, who in the past three seasons in which he was healthy scored 47, 41 and 34 goals, would make the Lightning automatic playoff contenders. It would spike ticket sales. It would make Tampa Bay relevant again in a market where it has been the butt of jokes the past two years. And, besides, what’s the harm in a little short-term gain while Yzerman decides what direction to take the team in the future?
added 7:07am, from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,
Still one of the most dangerous left wingers in the NHL — when healthy — Gagne, 30, has only a year left on his deal and could become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
The Leafs, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are thought to have the most interest in the explosive winger, though with a no-trade clause in his contract, Gagne retains the right to pick-and-choose. Unless the Flyers waive him, which seems unlikely.
So, what about Gagne joining the Leafs? Is general manager Brian Burke interested?
Well, he didn’t completely dismiss the notion when contacted Wednesday by e-mail.
“Not at this time,’ was his intriguing, though noncommittal response when asked about Gagne.
“The Flyers have given us permission to talk to teams and we’ve been doing that, and they’ve been talking to teams, but at this point there’s not much else to say. We’ll keep talking and see if we can find a good place for Simon.”
-Bob Sauve, player agent for Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers. Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
via Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Flyers winger Simon Gagne has told media service RDS that he has not waived his no-trade clause.
This contradicts multiple reports last week that said Gagne had waived his no-trade clause with the Flyers looking to move him to another team.
“I have a no-trade clause and I didn’t waive it,” Gagne said Wednesday, speaking to reporters in French. “The Flyers have a salary cap problem, and I’m a player that is on the tail end of his contract, with still a year to complete. The next few days may help us to see what’s going to happen for me.”
I wrote earlier this week this whole story did not make sense and now Gagne comes out with the true story.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
...something I neglected to mention in the previous post is that according to a team source, the Kings no longer consider themselves in the market for Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne. So everything is right…back…to…square one.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Left winger Simon Gagne’s days as a member of the Flyers could be numbered.
Gagne, 30, the longest-tenured current Flyer, has waived his no-trade clause, an NHL source confirmed Friday night.
The Flyers and Los Angeles have been talking about a deal, but the Kings have said they want to keep Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick, two goalies that interest the Flyers.
If the Flyers sweetened the deal, the might convince the Kings to trade one of the goaltenders.
Something is missing here folks. Normally when a player waives his NTC, he knows his destination and details on the trade. In this instance, I don’t think Gagne would waive his NTC for all teams, so he must know what is going on, but we don’t or we are not getting the full story.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement regarding injured forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne on Wednesday afternoon:
“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will both have right foot surgery on Friday performed by Dr. Steve Raikin in Philadelphia to repair fractures. Simon could return to action in three weeks. Jeff is out indefinitely.”
(Voorhees, NJ) - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Wednesday morning regarding forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne:
“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
With another night to reflect on the hit that should have been a boarding minor at the very least, Gagne talked about the dangerous play this morning at the team’s practice facility.
“As a player, you play the game and it’s a physical sport. You expect to get hit, but you don’t expect to get hit from behind,” he said, “especially when you are hit a couple feet from the boards.
“If I was a bit closer to the boards and my neck had the full impact, we may be talking about something a lot worse than a stiff neck this morning.”
In case you missed the hit, watch it here...
Volchenkov hits Gagne, Ottawa Scores, Gagne jumps Volchenkov.
Gagne received 5 for fighting, 2 for roughing and 2 for instigating (face shield). Volchenkov received 2 for roughing.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Philadelphia Flyers All-Star left wing Simon Gagne will have surgery Tuesday to repair issues with his abdominal and groin muscles and will miss about 6-8 weeks.
Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that Gagne, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury, will have a procedure performed to repair the rectus abdominus muscles on each side of his groin area.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Meyers is considered an expert in this field.
Holmgren said Meyers also will perform a laparoscopic procedure to check the status of a pair of small hernias in his right groin.
“Simon is going to have surgery tomorrow to repair or reinforce his rectus abdominus (muscles) on both sides,” said Holmgren. “At the same time he’s going to look and see laparoscopically through his belly button at the smaller hernias and repair those as well.
“We’re probably looking at 6-8 weeks before Simon can play.”
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne will need surgery to repair two hernias in his right groin area but will seek second opinions from two doctors in Canada on Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgreen said today.
Holmgren said Gagne has agreed that surgery is needed but would like to “cover all his bases” by visiting another specialist. Holmgren said the length of Gagne’s recovery period can only be determined once his surgery is performed.
via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Flyers forward Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin area, the team announced today.
The diagnosis was made after an examination by Dr. Allen Schurict from Pennsylvania Hospital, after Gagne had an ultrasound procedure yesterday.
The Flyers said their medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss possible treatments.
via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne, who took just one shift in the third period in Sunday night’s 5-1 loss to the Sharks, sat out Monday’s practice and had an ultrasound performed on his groin area.
Gagne is off to the slowest start of his career with one goal in nine games.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Gagne “just doesn’t feel right” and is unlikely to play against the Capitals Tuesday night.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Just got back from the Flyers’ practice, where Simon Gagne declined to speak to me – a rarity for him — because he said he was “going to the doctor” with Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin.
Gagne has no goals and three assists in five games this season and has lacked the jump he showed most of last season when he finished with 34 goals.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne has had enough groin and hip strains throughout his career to know it typically takes three to four weeks of rehab before he is skating pain free.
So why was Gagne back on the ice Tuesday skating for 25 minutes without the slightest hint of discomfort just 10 days after receiving an injection into his right groin?
Because instead of cortisone, Gagne was injected with concentrated amounts of his own blood – a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy – to speed the healing process.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
What was going through the mind of that brilliant strategist Mike Babcock this week, while he was skating players hard on the first day of his Team Canada Olympic orientation camp in Calgary?
Talk about brain cramps from one of hockey’s more obnoxious coaches – and we haven’t heard a single person question that serious lack of judgment.
Most of Babcock’s players hadn’t seen a pair of skates – much less laced them up – since last spring. True, Simon Gagne had been skating for two weeks. But he wasn’t skating hard.
Is it any wonder Gagne tweaked his right groin?
Good thing they had insurance, huh? Just to protect the players from Babcock.
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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne injured his surgically repaired right hip on the first day of Olympic workouts in Calgary on Monday, the Courier-Post has learned.
Speaking by phone from the Pengrowth Saddledome, Gagne said he felt soreness in his right hip during a fast-paced practice on Monday and will not return to the ice this week.
“For now it’s nothing serious,” Gagne said. “The pace was a little faster than I was used to this summer. I think I’ll be OK for training camp.”
added 2:12pm, Other reports coming out of camp claim groin injury.
from CSN Philly,
Simon Gagne appears to have suffered nothing more than a mild, right shoulder strain and is expected to miss about one week.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Wednesday morning that Gagne will be re-examined in Vancouver mid-afternoon Eastern time before the team heads for Los Angeles
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Rangers have a fast-approaching object in their rearview mirror. It’s orange and has a gap in its teeth.
The Philadelphia Flyers are four points back of the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers with four games in hand, a red-hot stretch of 12-1-3 in their last 16 games rocketing them up the Eastern Conference standings.
“We started to play our best hockey of the season about a month ago,” Flyers star winger Simon Gagne told ESPN.com last night.
Gagne has been clutch on a line with Mike Richards and Mike Knuble. Jeff Carter is pumping in goals as well on another line with Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul.
from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,
Despite some skepticism from fans, media and maybe even some teammates, friends and family members, the Flyers’ Simon Gagne claims the only reason he left Thursday night’s game in the second period was because of symptoms that felt like the flu….
If there’s any connection between this situation and last year, Gagne said, it has more to do with the fatigue of the rigorous schedule right now.
“Not playing for eight months last year, coming back, and if you look at the last two weeks, it’s just hockey, day off, hockey,” Gagne said. “It’s a lot of games. I knew this year I would have some ups and downs.”
Gagne said no tests related to a concussion were performed.
“There’s no point,” he said. “I didn’t get hit. It’s just natural for people to get sick, so you don’t have to run a test for a concussion if you just get sick.’’
from Tim Panaccio at CSN Philly,
Both Gagne and general manager Paul Holmgren denied after the game he was concussed. Gagne said he had either the flu or a stomach virus, since he has been experiencing digestion problems for two days. Holmgren said Gagne was dehydrated and that’s all.
Gagne, like another famous Flyer, Keith Primeau, suffered multiple concussions last season and has experienced post-concussion syndrome.
Neurological experts say anyone who has suffered from post-concussion syndrome can experience concussion symptoms many months or even years later because they have suffered multiple brain trauma.
In other words, Gagne could have concussion symptoms without being hit or incurring an injury in a game.
NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008)—Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne, who produced a total of 28 points in four games as the Ducks posted a 3-0-1 record, have been named co-recipients of the NHL’s ‘First Star’ award for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 2.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was named Second Star and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne earned Third Star honors.