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Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 6:55 pm
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The Los Angeles Kings have reached a deal with Simon Gagne on a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday. Rich Hammond from lakingsinsider.com says the deal is for two years and $7 million.

The Kings were very quiet on Day 1 of free agency, seemingly putting all their eggs into the Brad Richards basket. After they lost out on him to the Rangers, it was on to Plan B.

"I'm very excited about Simon Gagne. I've known him from the time that he came in as a young player. He's a very good player," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "You go back through the Canadian Olympic team and the World Championships, and he was one of the real good players on some of those teams, and certainly a real good player for the Flyers. So I'm excited about this one."

Gagne comes to the Kings from Tampa Bay, where he spent one season. In that year he had 17 goals and 23 assists as the Bolts made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. His playoff run was interrupted in the Eastern semifinals against Washington when he suffered a head injury, forcing him out for the four-game sweep. Prior to going to Tampa Bay, he spent 10 seasons with the Flyers, setting a career high in 2005-06 with 47 goals.

It's the first move of free agency for the Kings, who acquired another former Flyer as their biggest move of the offseason so far when they traded for Mike Richards.

So will the reunited Philly guys join forces in L.A. on the same line?

"I will take it into account. It has worked. I've seen it work," Murray said. "There's good chemistry there. They play off each other, read off each other very well. It's just a knack. Those things are called chemistry. You wonder why chemistry works sometimes, and how it works and how it happens and why it happens, but that type of chemistry fell in place when they did play together, and they had good success together. That won’t be too far away from my mind when I'm putting down some lines and starting to put things together in my mind for training camp."

The Kings still have to reach a deal with restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty, one of the more talented youngsters in hockey.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

Defense is solid.  Good balance.  Doughty and Johnson are elite caliber.  Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi are solid veteran stay at homes.  Green is solid and Alec Martinez had a good offensive and defensive rookie season.  Yep, Kings are set on the blue line.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:04 am
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

It would appear that you are correct about them having cap space... i will admit i didnt get get to watch too many games that the Kings played in outside the wings. Are the guys on your Defense outside of Doughty and Johnson and Greene actually that good?



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

I think the only negative we've seen from the Kings trying to be free agent players is guys seem that they don't want to head west due to travel issues.  The Kings are better off trading and getting them to settle there first.  If the Kings really wanted someone like Parise, they'd have to trade either Bernier or Quick.  NJ would have to listen if you offer a potential replacement for Marty.

It'd be nice but mostly a pipe dream at the moment.  If the Kings were to add anyone now it'd probably be a veteran to play RW3.

I do think with the moves made the Kings have surpassed San Jose as the favorites in the Pacific and definitely a west contender.    &
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Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:50 am
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

I heard the Kings are close to signing Doughty, 5-6yrs 5-6mil ................... so !

And you are absolutely right swydwakr420, the Kings are one of the only teams capable of going after and offering Z. Parise a 5-8 yr deal. If Lombardi can pull a Parise type player by this next years trading deadline, or even sign him as a Unrestricted free agent next year, then look out the Kings could be the team to beat for 4-6 years. I still believe the Kings should make a play for S. Stamkos this year too, being it seems like he doesn't want to be there, I say try for him 1st, then if not hit Z. Parise and NJ hard this and next year !



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:58 am
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

According to capgeek, the Kings still have $13M in cap space after all the trades and signings.  Doughty will eat up $6.5-7M.  The rest of the RFA's will be below $1M each.  The Kings will still have about $3-4M in cap space after filling out the roster.  Next year Penner, Stoll, and Mitchell have expiring contracts for another $11-12M.


I doubt they would but if the Kings wanted to they could make a play for Parise this season.  



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

Syrinx, im not trying to be a jerk. But how do the Kings mathematically afford Parise? They would have to extend him at least a 9 million dollar deal for the devils not to match and im pretty sure with adding richards that is no longer possible.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

How do they sign Drew Doughty, thats what i want to know! so much money up top, williams, kopitar, richards, gagne, penner, richardson, brown. The Edmonton Sun reported back on June 20th the Kings made Doughty a huge offer, so something has to be up for him to not be signed. Los Angeles is not exactly a hockey hot-bed.



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

TavaresNeedHelp .......... " (should trade Bernier for D) "

OMG, NOT !

You save Bernier and with your 1st rd pick next year and a few minor leaguers you go after ........ Z. Parise of New Jersey, and either make a move this year by the trading deadline or wait for him next year and OFFER HIM THE WORLD when he's UNRESTRICTED ! Either way, the Kings are in a sweet position to go after him one way or another.

L.A. Kings will be the Stanely Cup Winners if they can land Parise .............. Period !



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Kings reach deal with ex-Lightning, Flyer F Gagne

The Kings have turned into Philly West and look pretty good so far.


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