Philadelphia: Post-Gagne Era
What is the Post-Gagne Era?
Gagne is the French word for winning, and Simon Gagne was a winner.
Looking back at Simon Gagne’s contributions to the Philadelphia franchise, it is almost impossible to overlook his presence and the diligent work he has done for the Flyers and all of the Flyers community.
Simon Gagne was drafted by the Flyers back in 1998 when the team took him 22nd overall. The head coach of the time, Roger Neilson was hoping young Simon would make the team, but he did not. The organization did not wish to rush him along, so he played another year in QMJHL.
Roger Neilson is the former-Canucks head coach who once thought his team was treated unfairly by the referees and waved a white towel on the tip of a hockey stick. That tradition continued today from the home of the Canucks, the towel power.
The following year, Simon Gagne took on a job with the Philadelphia Flyers, and went on the score 20 goals as an NHL rookie centre. Of course, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie team that year.
Continuing on with career, Simon was asked to play on the left-wing for the team to fit in a line with Daymond Langkow and Rick Tocchet.
Although Simon Gagne is not publicly known as a colourful guy, he is recognized by the media people as one “among the most cooperative players” with both the media and all the off-ice community activities that are held in his proximity.
When Simon Gagne knew about his trade rumours prior to the trade to Tampa Bay, friends of Simon said he refused to talk to them, telling you how much he loved being a “orange and black” and never really wanted anything bad to happen to the Philly’s team.
That is one of the reasons why he chose to waive his no-trade clause to join the Lightning. He wants to see Flyers fans cheering for their beloved team and did not want to become a distraction in the dressing room.
Simon Gagne scored 259 goals (9th on the Flyers franchise history), 524 points (10th in FFH) in 664 career games.
Gagne made scoring goals easy. However, it is not everybody’s trademark, it is Simon’s. He willingly joins Steve Yzerman and the Lightning, but he will surely be a Flyer in his blood throughout his life. Fans will miss Gagne as well, but many will cheer him on with his continuation in the National Hockey League.
Thank you for your contributions, Flyers fans.
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