King Simon: Gagne lands in L.A.
|Simon Gagne (PHOTO BY HANS DERYK/QMI AMGENCY)
The Los Angeles Kings have reached a verbal agreement with free agent forward Simon Gagne on a two-year contract.
The club made the announcement on its Twitter page Saturday afternoon. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the LA Times reported it is worth $7 million.
Gagne played 63 games with Tampa Bay last season and posted 17 goals and 23 assists following a 10-year stint in Philadelphia. He added five goals and 12 points in 15 playoff contests as the Bolts reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals before bowing to eventual champion Boston.
The 31-year-old Gagne won't be playing in unfamiliar territory, as Los Angeles' president and general manager (Dean Lombardi), assistant GM (Ron Hextall), head coach (Terry Murray) and assistant coach (John Stevens) all worked or played for the Flyers previously.
In addition, Gagne played with recent acquisition Mike Richards from 2005-10 and alongside forward Justin Williams from 2000-04 in Philadelphia.
Philly's 22nd-overall pick in the 1998 draft has totaled 276 goals and 564 points in 727 regular-season appearances over 11 NHL seasons with the Flyers and Lightning.