I could definitely see them offering him a try out.
In terms of a contract it would probably depend on Gionta and how close he is for October 1st. I'm sure whoever signs him it will be 1 year and about 1 mil so there is no real cap implication. If he sucks ass you waive him and 90% of the cap hit disapears.
Because Gionta is extremely valuable, and Gagne is injury prone?
Of course, if you can't get anything good as a return then I agree it would be useless because Gionta is better. But if a team is willing to pay a good price and Gagné is brought in just to replace him short term, why not?
It's the only plausible explanation imo, I mean unless they plan to trade someone why would they try to sign him - or even contact him? So if they try to trade a forward, who could that possibly be beside DD and Gio?
I'd sign him... for 1M$ or less he would come cheap. There are always injuries in a hockey season so it's unlikely he'll play 4th line all year. Even if he's not what he used to, he had a better season than Bourque last year. He doesn't look like the kind of guy who will be a cancer in the room. LA won a championship with him in the stands.