Flyers deal Gagne to Lightning - 07-19-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers have traded long-time forward Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning. No word yet on what the Flyers acquired in the deal.

Gagne, who was the most tenured member of the Flyers, appeared in 58 games last season and scored 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) and was a minus-1.

In the playoffs, Gagne, 30, appeared in 19 games and scored 12 points (nine goals, three assists) and was a minus-2.

Gagne is entering the final year of his contract and has a salary cap hit of $5.25 million. He was a first-round pick in 1998 and had been a member of the Flyers since debuting as a rookie in 1999-2000.

In 664 games with the Flyers, Gagne had scored 524 points, 10th-most in franchise history.

UPDATE: The Flyers receive defenseman Matt Walker (right) and a fourth-round draft pick. Walker, 30, appeared in 66 games last season and scored 5 points (two goals, three assists) while recording a minus-11.

Walker has three years left on a contract which has a salary cap hit of $1.7 million.

EN Says: We understand the move from the Flyers perspective. They need some salary cap relief and with the signing of scoring winger Nikolai Zherdev two weeks ago, Gagne simply wasn't needed any longer. They dump salary and pick up a solid physical defenseman in Walker. He'll be the No. 7 defenseman in Philadelphia. He could be a No. 4 on some teams in the NHL.

The move doesn't make a lot of sense for the Lightning. Gagne is very injury-prone and carries a significant salary cap hit. He does bring some much needed postseason experience to the roster, but for a young re-building team, why would they bring in someone with a recent history of concussion problems?

That said, Gagne is only under contract for one more season so it's hardly a long-term investment.

(Photos: Gagne-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Walker-/Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

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