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07-02-2011, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by David A. Rainer View Post
He's entering the downside of his career. $3.5M for a .5 point per game player (which is what his next 2 years will project to be as his production begins to slow) is a lot. I'd rather of saved that $3.5M and used it on a better player acquired in a trade, but because we were able to get him in FA without giving up anything, I guess that will be ok. Just a bit disappointed we weren't able to acquire someone better. Oh well.
Gagne had insury issues all season with the Lightning.
In the first half, when he played he played injured and under pain, as nobody could figure out his neck problems.
You probably can imagine that this isn't an ideal situation.
Now imagine how this situation is when you just have been traded for garbage from the team that just went to the Cup Finals and which happened to have drafted you after you played your heart out for 12 years for them.
Now you're injured/hurt and try to establishe some chemistry with your new teammates but you are in and out of the line-up.

Once Gagne got into a rythm he was very good for the Lighting as he was in the playoffs.

Gagne will be well over 0.5ppg with the Kings.

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