Thread: Player Discussion: Simon Gagne remains unsigned
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07-20-2013, 12:17 AM
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I think Talbot and Coots finally picked up their games last season when they were paired with Gagne.

Gagne is more then just fast. He understands the game and where to be on the ice. He is a steadying presence. If they can sign him for less then $2M for 1-2 years that would be good signing. Let the young guys force their way into the lineup.

I would like to see a 3rd line look like:

Gagne - Coots - Simmonds

I know Simmonds isn't an ideal defensive winger but this would guys in their natural positions and have a mix of size and skill on each line. Plus, Coots get a chance to play with legit wingers.

Hartnell - Giroux - Vinny
Read - Schenn- Voracek
Gagne - Coots - Simmonds
Talbot -Hall-Rinaldo

if Gagne isn't signed

Hartnell -Giroux-Voracek
Schenn- Vinny -Simmonds
Read- Coots - McGinn
Talbot - Hall- Rinaldo

That last line up would be really tough to play against with Hartnell, Simmonds, Schenn, McGinn, Talbot and Rinaldo flying around but I like the flexibility that a healthy Gagne brings.

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