Pittsburgh Penguins could trade a 2014 conditional 1st round pick (if Gagne resigns with pens) and a 2013 3rd round pick for LA Kings winger Simon Gagne.
Now this trade could only happen if the LA Kings are completely out of the 2013 NHL playoffs and are not thinking about re-singing Gagne. With their ties to X-Philly players it’s hard to believe they will trade Gagne before he becomes a FA this summer, but anything is possible in today’s NHL.
The Penguins have been in the hunt for a winger to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. And although they have been trying to reel in Kulemin, it’s looking like that won’t happen anytime soon or ever. The Leafs are asking too much.
As for Simon Gagne though, he is a playoff machine.
Scoring 12 points in 19 playoff games with the Flyers in 2010 before he was traded to the Lightning where he scored 12 points in 15 playoff games. When with Philly in the 2010 NHL playoffs he single handedly helped the Flyers come back from a 0-3 hole in the semi finals against the Bruins. He came back from injury and the Flyers immediately had this new found power in their lineup and made it to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost in 6 games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
When Gagne was traded to the Lighting he scored 40 points in 63 regular season games and was once again a force in the 2011 playoffs where he scored 12 points in 15 games. Helping the Lightning make it to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Bruins in game 7.
Gagne was then reunited with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in LA where they dominated the 2012 playoffs and won the Stanley Cup. Gagne wasn’t much of an force during the playoffs with the Kings due to coming back from injury so late in the playoffs.
Simon Gagne is also not the player he once was during the regular season due to plaguing injuries but he is a great addition to a playoff contender like the Pittsburgh Penguins. Giving him one last chance to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career and helping the Penguins win their 4th Stanley Cup in team history.
The key for this trade to happen would be the evaluation of Gagne.
After missing a boatload of games during the 2011-12 regular season due to a concussion, Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne is feeling better than he has in years. He told Frozen Royalty why, and he talked about his motivation, excitement and added incentive to get the new season underway.
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