Kings, Maple Leafs and Rangers are believed to have expressed interest in Gagne

The only NHL team currently operating above the NHL salary cap, the Flyers have until the start of the regular season on Oct. 7 to trim their payroll to $59.4 million. They are believed to be in trade talks with a handful of NHL teams interested in Gagne, who has one year and $5.25 million remaining on his contract.

Those talks could be predicated on the status of unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, who is immersed in contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings, Maple Leafs and Rangers are believed to have expressed interest in Gagne, who has played his entire 10-year career in Philadelphia.

116 Responses to Kings, Maple Leafs and Rangers are believed to have expressed interest in Gagne

  1. nordiques100 says:

    He isnt a Leaf so he sucks.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    and i say that with total sincerity since i am not ever suppose to bad mouth the leafs and its players.

    i am only suppose to crap on everyone else to appease leafdom.

    so miko koivu sucks.

    sucks like his brother saku because saku was a hab.

    saku was a pathetic captain compared to sundin.

  3. LeafsneedSteen says:

    You're one of the few people on this site that can engage in friendly debate, it's a pleasure when you I and disagree at least from my perspective.

  4. mapleleafsfan says:

    Stop being a douche and trying to argue everything.. He justified everything he said.. And kaberle is less injury prone than gagne, look it up..

  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    This might be the biggest English fail ever.

  6. duchene_9_avs says:

    yeah true that!!!

  7. connsmakebe-leafs says:

    sh*t ? thats the smell that comes from your team……

  8. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    haha well you convinced me,, lovin the dream your dreaming!  all we can do until somoething happens!

  9. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    im a leafs fan,, i hate the habs,, but you have to love saku koivu.. he was the heart and soul of the habs when he was their captain and i was kinda upset when they got rid of him and he went too anaheim because i liked watching him play, im sorry im a true leafs fan and hate the habs but saku was a beauty on their team one of the very few players i like on there team.. him and camilleri haha!

    That beind said,, saku koivu vs mats sundin both in their prime, id pick sundin all day ever day! 
  10. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    lmao!   ya man geeze i dont know? why would we want a pure goalscorer/ top 3 forward on a team whos desperate for offense?  yes your right we do have needs and our need for scoring is kinda the BIGGEST part! If he does shi*ty this year then we dont resign him next year, and will giguere probably leaving next year too.. theres 6 mill to resign him and hopefully grabs is gone and fingers livin in the A.. i dont see anything wrong with that signing? we wont be hurting because of the salary cap if thats what your thinking!

  11. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i cant help but laugh trying to read this, this is hilarious! i dont know what you just said or tried to say but atta boy all the power to you and good luck.. love it hahaha!

  12. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    If a team that made it to the conference finals are s*it, then what does that make the team that finished 2nd last in the league?

  13. leafmeister says:

    He also has yet to hit 23, so a fifty goal season somewhere down the line is possible.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Not counting rookie season, the half-season lockout, and Vancouver season, Sundin's career low for points in a season is 72. Saku Koivu's career high for points in a season is 72.

  15. Kev_Leafs says:

    That totally depends on what he ultimately signs for.

    Nashville didn't qualify him because they are a cost conscious team.  Edmonton signed him to a large contract, which Nashville – cash strapped – didn't want to give a 10% mandatory raise on which a QO requires.  Nashville didn't give the QO and tried to negotiate for a price that fit within their system.

    My case:

    Over the last two seasons Kaberle tallied .60ppg (-16) and .54ppg (-8) in 139 games played.  Grebeshkov tallied .50ppg (-16) and .54ppg (+12) in 123 games.  Kaberle is signed at one season for 4.25.  Grebeshkov plays a similar game albeit less skilled but more physical than Kaberle.  But, he's UFA. 

    The Kings could sign Grebeshkov for – let's say 3.5 for 3 years – and he would fill a similar role that Kaberle would, and he should finish with around 35-40 points (if remotely healthy).  Or, the Kings could trade Simmonds, or Schenn, or Brown for Kaberle for 1 season.  Kaberle is a better player but they'd be losing an asset in the exchange and paying more money for the 10-15 more points Kaberle would bring over Grebeshkov. 

    Same thing with SJ – pay less for a less skilled Grebeshkov for a few seasons or lose Setoguchi or Clowe forever just to have Kaberle for one season? 

    In both cases, I believe that the teams are better off keeping their assets and settling for Grebeshkov if they really want a puck moving defensemen.

    Does the acquisition of Kaberle – at the cost of a top-six forward – put any interested team closer to winning the cup in 2010-11?  I think adding Kaberle is a step-forward in one area, but a step-back in another.

    Personally, if I'm a GM and I think I have a chance at winning the cup in 2010-11 and think Kaberle would be THE addition to my club that puts me 'over the edge' so to speak, then I would only consider dealing a piece of my current team that either isn't a vital component (bottom six forward/prospect) or someone with a contract dispute that I don't want to pay.  Setoguchi, B. Schenn, or someone like Clarkson (3rd/2nd line player – like Armstrong) I see as the realistic returns on Kaberle – even then, I'm sure the team would loathe to trade them.

  16. DannyLeafs says:

    He is a terrific player, and he has a lot more skill then his point totals suggest, but I still think that is a pretty risky contract, and I am not too sure if he ever would have gotten that on the open market.

    We are starting to see a trend of stars accepting a little less money. Backstrom's cap hit at 6.7, Marleau for 4 years at 6.9, Savard at just over 4, Kane and Toews at 6.1, these are all guys that everyone had pegged making well over 7 per before last season started, and even then the terms were high.

    Also, when considering the percentage of the cap this represents, these salaries are a huge decrease from the signing of just a few years ago, Gomez 7.3, Drury 7.2, Smyth 6.25, Lecavalier 7.7, Campbell 7.2 and so on.

    To me that makes this signing somewhat puzzling. Usually when a deal gets done so early, it's because its such a solid deal for both sides. But this deal just seems a little steep for Minnesota.

    I also think it's somewhat alarming what a difference a few points make. Just for an example, let's look at a guy like Brandon Dubinsky. He is a good example because I have seen Nords say he has 70 pt potential and Cam say that he thinks he is a 50 pt player. Realistically, this isn't a huge gap in expectation, and a slighly better than normal year and he could very well be a 70 point guy. However, if he stays around 50 points, and keeps playing his role the way he is now, he will likely re-sign for somewhere around 3 million, but if he does have a 70 point season next year, he will likely demand at least 5. Now, realistically, which is more valuable. A 3rd line center that kills penalties, takes the body, and plays a good all around game while putting up 20 goals and 50 points while making 3.3 milion, or a 2nd line center who plays pretty much the same game, but has a ceiling closer to 70 points making 5+ million? Personally, I don't think the extra 6-7 goals and 13-14 assits are worth the extra 2 million a year. In other words, it would almost be a negative if Dubinsky did have 70 pts next year.

    I think that the way the league is now, you would rather have two 2/3rd line center then a true 2nd line center and a plug on the third line. I would rather have a Bolland-Stajan, Krejci-Dubinsky, Pavelski-Ott combo then say Plekanec and whoever you can get with the left over money.

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