The Los Angeles Kings traded forward Simon Gagne to the Philadelphia Flyers, back to where the 32-year-old veteran spent the first 10 seasons of his NHL career. The Kings will receive a conditional draft pick in return, which will become a third-round pick if the Flyers make the postseason, or a fourth-round pick if they don’t, both teams announced Tuesday.
Gagne had been a healthy scratch for the past four games, and had yet to score a goal in 11 games (0 goals, 5 assists) with the Kings this season.
The Quebec native has had a history of injury problems, including a concussion that caused him to miss most of the regular season and playoffs in 2011-12, his first season with the Kings. Gagne totaled 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 34 games prior to sustaining the concussion in December 2011. He returned to play in four games during the Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Kings win their first Championship in franchise history, and the first of his NHL career.
The veteran left wing posted career-highs with 47 goals and 79 total points in 2005-06 while playing for the Flyers. He has scored 20 or more goals seven times in his career, all while sporting a Flyers jersey.
Gagne was traded from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay in 2010, where he spent one full season with the Lightning. He signed with the Kings prior to the 2011-12 season.
Gagne is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
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