Gagne Back to L.A.?
Don’t laugh folks – its very possible.
Lombardi loves him, Hexy did too, so did Sutter for that matter.
What they DIDN’T love was his 3.5 million cap hit and they traded him back to the Flyers.
Gagne wants to remain with the Flyers but they are even worse off than the Kings cap wise so he may have no choice but to accept a deal with the Kings. Maybe for 1 million bucks.
The Kings need Left Wingers who can SCORE.
Now, the only thing STOPPING Gagne from signing here are:
a) He wants to remain with the Flyers
b) The Kings have too many players already
c) The Kings are over the cap
Gagne at a million would be an EXCELLENT back-up plan should Toffoli fold under the pressures of a full season (see: Moller, Oscar). He’s played with Carter and Richards, is a winner, and was inserted into the playoff lineup by Sutter two seasons ago when he hadn’t played in months!!! That’s veteran leadership. That’s a winner.
Is he a china doll? Of course he is. But a china doll that can score a helluva lot more than some neanderthal who signed a contract cross town.
Oh, and WHEN Willie Mitchell goes on LTIL, the Kings will be able to afford him.