Gagne is barely even mentioned in the article itself, so I don't find this rumor to be particularly credible.
Anyways, the only way Philly trades Gagne is in a blockbuster trade, which I really don't see Montreal being interested in. The only deal that makes sense to me from a habs POV would be Kovalev+ for Gagne, but I doubt that would interest the Flyers at all.
CKAC is going crazy. They wanna trade Price + Markov + Ryder for him.
Hmmm, that is strange, it seems to be an underpaying by their standarts. Perhaps I should listen to this, maybe throw in an opinion once in a while regarding Villeneuve's seemingly desire to make love to himself. Stay tuned.
Trade for Gagné - Or why Michel Villeneuve should be banned from airwaves
'was coming back from work, and kept on switching between music (see : my 3 topics on the new Lemonheads album) and CKAC, since I wanted to get NHL results (and Pierre Vercheval analysis, too -- by far the only analyst really deserving his job and self-made title in the whole Quebec sports community), and I fell on a quote, brought by Jean-Charles (I don't know his last name, and it's not like I matter), that Philly, led by new GM Mike Holmgren, wanted to make changes.
By then, something ticked inside my mind : "No... Not another bring Simon Gagné thread" and "No... please not a Price package thing - Gagné talks". You can guess exactly what happened : Jean Charles suggesting something along the lines of Price-Kovalev for Gagné, which Michel Villeneuve considered "underpayment"... Some users suggested a Price - Markov - Rivet - Ryder for Gagné ALONE! (okay, Rivet could be seen as a salary dump, it doesn't excuse the proposal at all)
My point : If I'm Paul Holmgren, sure, I look to trade Gagné. He's a good player, that would play on the 1st lines on many teams, is very responsible, and so on... But, he's like 5 M$... and locked for a while! And I surely look about getting a future goaltender -- either a promising young one but not quite established (a la Hannu Toivonen) or some guy touted as a future star (Rask/Price/Montoya...). Considering Gagné wins a lot, I would consider taking a salary dump, and in all logic, this "salary dump" should be a D-Men in order to have some usefulness to this team (unless Gagné is traded to Pittsburg, who have plenty of cap room, but we can assume this WON'T happen) -- in fact, I'll be looking for the best offer.
I'm not the one whining at the media for wetting their pants about a french-speaking kids (I even this the anglo part of this board is quite anti-franco and would go toward any player BUT a franco -- Guillaume Latendresse is getting an awful lot of grief on this board, mind you), but for Gagné, it's like too much.
It hasn't been mentionned by the freaks calling at CKAC, but in the cap era, and considering ages of concerned players, I WOULD NOT TRADE CHRIS HIGGINS FOR SIMON GAGNÉ, ONE FOR ONE. While Gagné is good, he earns way too much for this team (he would be the best paid player) and is not a savior in any way. He had one great season with Forsberg as a center, and looks much like a defensively responsible forward who's gonna be a 65-70 pts guy in the current NHL format with any other center than Forsberg . But wait... we DO have someone like this in our lineup making about 5 millions less bucks a year, right?! Gagné isn't more physical nor bigger than Higgins (if he would, a move would START making sense).
Not only it would be redundant and irrelevant to have Gagné... The worst is... what we are ready to give for him! Gagné might as well be the 3rd toughest contract to trade in the NHL, after the before-30 version of Dipietro and the after-30 version of Dipietro. YET, some clowns would give what we could consider our future #1 goalie, a #1 liner also happening to be our best goalscorer OR another #1 liner not playing on a #1 line also happening to be our second best goalscorer WITH our best(and only one in the regular lineup if Streit is benched when the injured players come back) puck-moving D-Men OR The D-Men behind our PP(and mojo provider). Some would add a 1st or a 2nd as well...
Taken logically, in the BETTER of cases, we get a slightly more efficient Higgins making 5M$ more a year. We are giving what we consider our future #1 goalie (I don't trust Halak or Danis at all for handling such a workload, and I don't consider Desjardins, Lacasse or Heino discussion worthy for now), A 1st liner that will take Gagné spot in the roster and a D that will likely take the 2nd spot on their roster.
They need goaltending prospects badly... We don't need a 1st liner badly. BTW, this trade wouldn't even do a place for A.Kost.
I'm I the only one beleiving Simon Gagne doesn't deserve such of an erection?