Tampa Gets Better. Panthers Get Nothing!

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 18: Simon Gagne #12 of the Philadelphia Flyers reacts after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-0 to win Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 18, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Simon Gagne Now With Tampa. Source: Yardbarker

 I decided to take a few minutes from my crazy work day to knock this out.  The Tampa Bay Lightning just traded for left wing Simon Gagne  of the Philadelphia Flyers!

The return going to Philly?  Defenceman  Matt Walker  and a fourth round draft choice in 2011.

C’mon! Are you kidding me?  Matt Frickin’ Walker and a fourth round pick for a potential 25-35 goal scorer?

How much offence does Tampa need?  Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos, Malone.  Now Gagne!  Where does it end?

I realize he’s had some injuries, but did we even try?  I mean I’d have no problem paying this guy $5.25 million for one more year. 

Trade options:

Rusty Olesz and a draft pick.

Bryan Allen and a draft pick

Stevie Weiss and the rights to Ville Koistenen.

My old ten speed and two draft picks.  Nah, on second thought, I love that bike.  Go with one of the above.

Put your general manager suit on and ask yourself, would you take a one year shot at this guy?

History of injuries will be the excuse for why we didn’t, which you certainly have to consider.  But, how good would Gagne have looked on the first line?

I really want to know if we even made an offer!

Patience everyone.  You’re going to need a lot of it!

Thanks for reading.

Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.


Tags: Rusty Olesz Simon Gagne Stephen Weiss Tampa Bay Lightning

  • http://yahoo.com hank

    frank, say No to gagne. He’s no youngster, and a uf at the end of the upcoming season. he doesn’t fit the plan. we are at least 3 years out. say YES to bobby ryan. he’s 23. trade what ever 1st round picks we have and siggn him long term. he’s the real thing, another towes

    • Frank Rekas

      Hank: I hear ya. I guess my issue is, that things are so quiet. All I seem to be hearing about are the promo’s and the BBQ’s.
      I know long range what our intent is, but in the meantime?

      All I am saying is that we could have put together that deal and unloaded Olesz. I can’t imagine that he’s any worse than Walker. Unless Philly didn’t have the cap space, which I didn’t check yet.

    • slapshot1106

      NO ONE wants Olesz… I’m with you and I’d love to give him away, but I don’t think there’s too much demand for him for half his salary…We’re stuck!!

      As for Gagne, yes clearly dumping some salary.. But the smart thing about Philly is even when they’re dumping salary and not looking for equal return, they pick up a character guy that blends in well and adds to the locker room… Here, not much character or leadership.. Looks like this REBUILD takes longer and longer each day… I do look for th Amerks to improve this year and beyond.. Then it should eventually catch up to the Cats, as long as our drafting % increases…

  • Frank Rekas

    This is one long summer! As much excitement as the draft provided, it’s been downhill from July 1.
    Been trying to manage my expectations, but it’s difficult. Maybe since Kovy finally signed things will look different.

    Seems as though our roster is set?!

    • http://yahoo.com hank

      frank, it feels like tallon forget what his mommy told him when he was a kid about when you fall off your bike. mistakes will be made. he needs to get back on his bike and move forward. have you ever seen leafs burke go conservative after any deal that didn’t work? NOT. My mommy taught me that if you throw enough shit on the wall something will stick. Dale, grow some balls. this team needs some.

  • Frank Rekas

    Hank, wondering if the clamps ahve been put on? Save money this year. Don’t make trades just to make trades.

    I don’t know what to think at this point. GM’s have taken this job before,being told one thing, then once they get started, the mindset has changed.

    I’m stumped!

  • MrOmnipotent

    Its kinda difficult to trade for a player who had the ability to refuse the trade. You could have offered God for a swap with Philly and if Gagne didn’t want to comne here, his no trade clause was in affect. Pretty easy to understand.

  • Frank Rekas

    Problem is, seems like no one wants to come here. I can’t get too excited when Chris Higgins says, this is where I want to be.
    Point, we NEED a name player here sooner rather than later.

  • ramprat99

    Maybe Tallon didn’t want(couldn’t) jump off the deep end and pick up a 5.5 million dollar contract. He might not have a green light to do anything in Florida now. Especially if Gagne gets hurt and only plays 40 games. But, in the long run, I think Tallon will push this team in the rite direction down the line.

  • Frank Rekas

    Understand your comment. Just seems like we are moving too slow. We’re going to pay Rusty Olesz 3 million. He can’t be any worse of a player than Matt Walker.

    Long-term I’m sure it’s the right direction, but patience is thinning!