With the new addition of Nikolai Zherdev and the need for a starting goaltender, the money-tight Philadelphia Flyers have decided the Simon Gagne is their most expendable piece and have been exploring trades for the injury-plagued winger.
The reasoning here appears to be to clear $5 million off the Flyers' cap giving them the opportunity to re-open talks with goalie Marty Turco and have enough cap space left to re-sign one, if not both Dan Carcillo and Darroll Powe.
Although over the past few seasons he’s had considerable injury trouble, Gagne still has the ability to be a perennial 30-goal scorer. And with this year’s free agent class as weak as it is, we’d expect there to be considerable interest in the his services.
With one year left on his current contract with a $5.25 million cap hit this season, the options may be slightly limited due to many teams being tight up against the cap for the upcoming year. However, if he can stay healthy, he has the skill to be a game-changer—just ask my Bruin’s how much of a difference he can make.
So without further ado, here are the top five most likely teams that could land Gagne this season—in no particular order.