February 24th, 2013, 08:30 PM #21
Gagne proved valuable in the playoffs, and last year the Kings were lucky and blessed enough not to suffer any injuries. There may not be room for both Penner and Gagne now, but what happens if Brown/Carter/Williams/Lewis or any of the top wingers gets injured or traded? The Kings need depth and if they can afford all of their players under the salary cap, you let it ride.
Originally Posted by Brown23
February 24th, 2013, 11:51 PM #22
I vaguely recall that Gagne WAS the injury in the playoffs. That said, I wouldn't trade him for that very reason above, so we have the top-6 depth. Not even for a defenseman, because although we are down half our defense, once everyone comes back we are going to have a glut of defensemen and I would hate for Scuderi to not be re-signed because of it.
February 25th, 2013, 01:24 AM #23
Gagne showed up for the last 4 games of the Finals and was a 4th line player contributing an average of 8 minutes a game. He scored no goals, had no assists and was a -1.
His contract is up at the end of the year.
He's carrying a $3.5 Million Cap Hit that will be used to give Slava Voynov a raise next season.
I don't wish any ill will on the guy... but I don't care if he plays another minute as a member of the Los Angeles Kings so long as the Kings keep winning.
The Los Angeles Kings are 3-0-0 since Simon Gagne last played.
I fail to see the problem.
February 26th, 2013, 11:15 AM #24
Yep - agree 100%. Gagne is not the same player he used to be. The skills are still there, but he does not want to get dirty in the corners and make the extra plays any more. It's gotta change you when you have all those concussions. Watching back the New Jersey series, he was pretty much a non-factor the entire time. I would prefer keeping Penner over him. When Penner is really asserting himself, he is such a big, strong force and can make some pretty nifty passes too.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
Give Voynov the raise when Gagne goes UFA and give one of the young guys from Manchester a chance to fill in the forward slot. I'm betting you that Toffoli or Vey get time up here next year. My guess is Toffoli because of the goal scoring touch and the lack of a center spot opening.
February 26th, 2013, 12:04 PM #25
It pisses me off to see his name on the Cup instead of Loktionov's.
February 26th, 2013, 12:10 PM #26
You guys are doing it wrong. You're supposed to be complaining about irrelevant players when we're LOSING, not winning.
February 26th, 2013, 12:17 PM #27
Gagne is giving a great effort, but he still doesn't have chemistry with anyone. He could be a 2nd liner on some other teams but we need penner in there. Gagne will be gone next season to make room for slavas and penners raise.
February 26th, 2013, 12:23 PM #28
I don't think Penner is getting a raise. I think Penner and Gagne are leaving so that Voynov, Clifford and Lewis can all get raises.
Originally Posted by Mr.Hockey 2.0
February 26th, 2013, 12:32 PM #29
+1 for that, throw in Richardson as well and that's almost $7m in cap space freed up, pay raises plus bring in some fresh blood.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
February 26th, 2013, 12:59 PM #30
King had a TERRIBLE game vs the ducks IMO. He did ok in the offensive zone on the forecheck, but he didn't keep his feet moving when back checking or in the defensive/ neutral zones which almost cost us a few times! He just looks tired out there and not keeping his feet moving instead is reaching from behind.
Maybe Gagne should get a chance in Kings spot?
edit: well so much for that idea (RE:TRADED!!)
Last edited by Dude; February 26th, 2013 at 02:19 PM.