He's not on the market. He's playing great hockey for the Flyers and will be valuable in the playoff hunt. His value is going to be skewed because of his value to the Flyers right now, so the judgement of his worth would likely be more than what Edmonton would want to give up.
Oilers won't trade Hemsky for Gagne because Hemsky is a) younger, b) cheaper, and c) producing on an equal level. There isn't a real opportunity for a deal to transpire between these two teams involving these two players since it would be a trade for the sake of making a trade. It would have no real purpose for either side. It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
The reason I'm 100% sure Gagne won't be traded is because the Flyers really want to move Briere, Knuble and Jones in the off-season. I sincerely expect at least two of those three to be gone after this season, and they'll have Gagne, Richards and Carter penciled in as their big 3 for the next 5+ yrs.
In my opinion Gagne is a lifetime Flyer. and has a NTC. But if he were to agree to a trade and assuming oilers wont be sending Hemsky back it would have to have at least one of gagner/cogliano/eberle and high picks.
Please, do tell me WHY we would trade Simon or WHY he would waive his NTC to go to Edmonton, where frankly nobody wants to go.
Because the entire thread was based on the premise of Gagne being traded and how much it would cost to acquire him from Edmonton's perspective?
Instead of flaming a person for creating a fantasy trade that would never happen and pretending like you're Holmgren and actually know what the true trade values are for any of these players, why don't you counter with a better offer instead?