1998-2004: Part 1
After the jump we go through the rest of Gags' career, beginning from the lockout year: 04-05 (which wasn't a season with the Flyers, but a comment suggested I give some more due to his international achievments).
7. 2004-05: locked out of his prime
While the Flyers weren't going to win a cup in 04-05, Gagne still had duties to his nation. Duties that he performed admirably, in both the World Cup of Hockey (which Canada won) and the IIHF World Championships (where Canada came runners-up, and Gags was third on the scoring list with 10 points in 9 games).
Canada gets a look at its hockey future.
Article from:The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) Article date:September 13, 2004
TORONTO The future of Team Canada has been on display during this World Cup of Hockey tournament:
"The game is in great shape for Canadian hockey," said Flyers coach and Team Canada assistant coach Ken Hitchcock Monday. Team Canada plays Finland in the title game Tuesday night. "There are a dozen players who have been introduced here who will be on the world stage for the next 10 years."
If the tournament has been a showcase for Canada's hockey future, post-Mario Lemieux, it has been an important learning experience for Gagne.
Simon Gagné blessé
Lundi 06 septembre 2004
Canada hoping to avoid letdown
WORLD CUP of hockey
TORONTO - Inevitably in any sport, after a high comes a low.
Team Canada knows that, knows that following its heart-racing semifinal win over the Czech Republic on Saturday night, Tuesday night's World Cup final against Finland has emotional letdown written all over it.
"We can't fall into that kind of thing,''said Simon Gagne, the Flyers'representative on Canada. "
For Gagne, this year was preparation. The step he would take. Before he unleashed himself and his pure shooter capabilities on the NHL.
8. 2005-06: Gagne breaks free
What can we say about this season? Gags unlocks his potential. He is united with Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble (Knuble entered the line after the rookie Jeff Carter at wing experiment didn't work out) and becomes a scoring machine as the Flyers create the best record in the league. Until the Olympics. After that, injuries and slumps took their toll on the Flyers. Still, Gags ended up with 47 goals in the season, as the Flyers headed to an early disappointing exit in the first round.
Philadelphia Inquirer - July 14, 2005 - E04 SPORTS
Can't wait to skate, Flyers players are eager to get back to the game they love.
Simon Gagne is a sports fan. Sami Kapanen is a family man. For those reasons and more, both of them were relieved yesterday to hear that they would soon be going back to work. Gagne and Kapanen will be two key components of what should be an entertaining yet fiscally downsized Flyers team when the NHL resumes play in October after becoming the first professional sports league to cancel an entire season.
Philadelphia Inquirer - August 9, 2005 - E03 SPORTS
Report has Gagne signing deal to remain with Flyers
Simon Gagne has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Flyers, the Canadian Web site TSN.ca reported last night. Gagne, 25, has collected 113 goals and 132 assists in five seasons with the Flyers, who selected the winger with the 22d pick in the 1998 NHL entry draft.
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 15, 2005 - D03 SPORTS
Gagne steps up to front lines, Now 25, the winger is expected to play a bigger role both on and off the ice.
Flyers chairman Ed Snider noticed a change in Simon Gagne in May when the winger was playing in the World Championships in Austria. On a line with Joe Thornton and Rick Nash, Gagne played as if possessed. He looked like a different hockey player. "We've got to find a way to get Hitch to put Simon on a scoring line,"Snider said as he watched on television. Gagne was Team Canada's third-leading scorer at the World Cup.
Article: Gagne: Too Early to Talk About Record
Article from:AP Online Article date:November 9, 2005
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Simon Gagne believes it's too early to talk about Philadelphia Flyers scoring records, even though his 16 goals have him on pace to eclipse the franchise mark. Gagne moved into the NHL scoring lead with a goal in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Boston on Tuesday night. If he continued at his current clip, he would easily surpass the 61 goals posted by Reggie Leach during the 1975-76 season.
"I haven't thought about it, really," Gagne said after the Flyers' practice on Wednesday. "I was looking to have a good year and that's still my goal. Right now, it's a little bit higher than I expected."
Once teams see how well he, Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble are playing, Gagne expects to see opponents check more.
If He Keeps Up Torrid Pace, Gagné Will Be Seeing 50/50
By JASON DIAMOS
Published: December 4, 2005
Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said his linemate Simon Gagné was "kind of like a dirty little secret in Philadelphia" before the season. But before Gagné scored two goals last Tuesday to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 road victory over the Islanders, Knuble said Gagné was not such a secret anymore.
With a league-leading 23 goals in 24 games before last night's game, Gagné could become the sixth N.H.L. player to score 50 goals in his team's first 50 games.
"I didn't think he was this good, I have to admit," center Peter Forsberg said Friday by telephone.
A five-time All-Star, Forsberg, 32, is generally recognized as the N.H.L.'s premier center. He won two Stanley Cups with Colorado before signing as a free agent with the Flyers last summer.
Deal or a Steal? Thornton Leaves Boston Blue
After Boston General Manager Mike O'Connell traded Joe Thornton to San Jose on Wednesday, Thornton said he felt that he had been made the scapegoat for the Bruins' poor start this season.
"Obviously, they believe in their coach and G.M.," Thornton, 26, said during a conference call, referring to O'Connell and Coach Mike Sullivan. "And I'm the next in line."
Boston received Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau for Thornton. O'Connell acknowledged that his job was on the line if the deal did not help turn the Bruins around. For one night, at least, it did.
Rink Rap, Kevin Allen
Five reasons why Canada will win the gold
1. Depth: This Canadian team seems like a more talented squad than the one that won the gold medal. Many of the key players are back, and Jarome Iginla is a more polished player than he was four years ago, as is Simon Gagne. Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Dany Heatley add more danger to the offense. This team is faster than the 2002 version. It has enough depth to overcome injuries. Canada truly has so many talented players that it could build three medal-contending teams.
DelcoTimes - Flyers Scoop: Gagne may have chance for Selke Award
Buffalo News - Gagne has become the complete player
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 12, 2006 - D08 SPORTS
Gagne has operation, Forsberg next in line
In an off-season dominated by medical news, the Flyers said yesterday that Simon Gagne had undergone surgery, Peter Forsberg was ready for his first ankle operation, and Eric Desjardins had decided against surgery. The Flyers also said R.J. Umberger was suffering from dizziness in Riga, Latvia, where he was on the U.S. team at the world championships. Trainer Jim McCrossin said Gagne had surgery on his right hip Wednesday in Vail, Colo., performed by Dr. Mark Philippon.
9. 2006-07: Simon Gagne: The Shining Light in a Season of Darkness
It is the season that must not be named. But in this season when everyone's stats were depressed by collective team failure (think 09-10 regular season but worse), in this season when the team finished with the worst record in the league, Simon Gagne hit 41 goals. That was how great he was playing.
Philadelphia Inquirer - July 18, 2006 - E03 SPORTS
Status of two Flyers is still on ice,
The team continues to try to sign Simon Gagne and will wait to see if Keith Primeau can play. The waiting game on Simon Gagne and Keith Primeau may take longer than expected for the Flyers. General manager Bob Clarke said yesterday that he can't go on vacation until he gets Gagne under contract. As for Primeau, whose concussion symptoms have returned, Clarke believes the club is obligated to wait until the beginning of September to see if the team's captain can play. Gagne's signing is the major issue at the moment.
Flyers re-sign Gagne to deal reportedly worth $26.25M
ESPN.com news services
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers re-signed free-agent Simon Gagne to a five-year contract Monday night, ending a summer of difficult negotiations with training camp set to open Thursday.
League sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer the deal is worth $26.25 million.
The sources told the paper the first-line left wing agreed to the deal after general manager Bob Clarke flew to Montreal on Monday to meet with him and his agent, Bob Sauve.
"It is very tough to believe that I am signing a pretty nice contract like that for five years and I will be with the Flyers for the next five years," Gagne said. "It is the city I love."
Flyers need to change with times
Article from: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA
Article date: October 31, 2006
Author: Kevin Freeman
Holmgren can't afford to think like Clarke
PHILADELPHIA - The headline, as it is supposed to do, caught the eye immediately.
In the next instant, the thought occurred. No, it can't be.
"THE BULLIES LIVE'' was the 72-point headline on the back page of the Philadelphia Daily News last week.
The subhead was just as mind-boggling. To a certain reporter, anyway.
"Saying there is a lot of Clarkie in me,' Holmgren hints there will be no extreme makeover.''
NHL: Oct. 30, 2006
New Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is said to be looking to make a blockbuster trade to shake things up, with winger Simon Gagne's name being floated as possible bait. It's believed the Blackhawks have offered the Flyers defenseman Jassen Cullimore, who according to a report in the Ottawa Sun also has been shopped to the Bruins. -- Daily Herald
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 13, 2006 - F09 SPORTS
Empowered, but prudent, Holmgren says it may be too soon for the Flyers to start dealing.
During this period of uncertainty with the Flyers, among the points debated was whether Paul Holmgren had the authority to make a deal of consequence. Namely, trading one of the Flyers' younger players or bedrocks, such as Jeff Carter or Simon Gagne, two players that teams are calling about. "Absolutely,"Holmgren said Saturday night, after the club had removed his "interim"title from general manager.
Gagne scores twice as Flyers win second straight game, 4-2 over Canadiens
Gagné added an insurance goal late in the third period, while Philadelphia was shorthanded, and following a Souray giveaway. It was his team-leading 13th goal. He's the only Flyers player in double digits in scoring. It also was Gagné's seventh multiple-point game this season. Mike Knuble and Sami Kapanen also scored for the visitors, who won a second consecutive game for only the second time this season.
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 10, 2007 - E04 SPORTS
As pain ebbs, Gagne finding his rhythm
If Simon Gagne hits 30 goals this season, you can probably thank a couple of orthopedic specialists for helping the Flyers'left winger in the final months of the season. Gagne went to William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital recently to have the surgically repaired labrum (cartilage) in his right hip examined. Gagne had quietly been complaining to the training staff that his hip was too tight and that he was unable to skate well.
Simon Gagne will be the Flyers'lone representative tonight in Dallas.
BY WAYNE FISH
There have been years when the Flyers had enough players at the NHL All-Star Game to field a starting lineup of their own.
This won't be one of them.
Simon Gagne will be the lone representative from Philadelphia for tonight's midseason classic in Dallas.
That's a far cry from a year like, say, 1976-77 when the Flyers had seven players
Philadelphia Inquirer - June 21, 2007 - D01 SPORTS
Second thoughts for the Flyers, Keep the No. 2 pick or trade down? History shows some second picks far outshone the players taken first. Sometimes, it's better to draft second
Paul Holmgren remembers the 1993 NHL draft. So does Brian Burke. How could they ever forget? "That was a great draft,"said Burke, now the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks. "There were a lot of good players, but there was only one guy I was interested in." Chris Pronger. Burke was the general manager of the Hartford Whalers. Holmgren was his coach.
10. 2007-08: Concussion
The Flyers revived themselves thanks to some smart dealing by Holmgren in the offseason. However, Gagne had his 40 goal streak abruptly halted by Jay Bouwmeester.
Gagné might wear 'C' in Philly
Simon Gagné has turned down the letter 'C' before, but this time, if he's asked, he'd gladly accept it.
By The Gazette (Montreal) September 25, 2007
Simon Gagné has turned down the letter 'C' before, but this time, if he's asked, he'd gladly accept it.
The 27-year-old forward passed up the team captaincy twice during the 2005-06 season, much to the disappointment of then-head coach Ken Hitchcock.
"I was still trying to find my game. I wasn't sure what kind of player I would be. A checker? A scorer or a playmaker? I didn't know," Gagné told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Despite several players worthy of taking on the letter, there is speculation in Philadelphia that Gagné will be given the 'C' before the regular season starts next week.
"I'm more mature and capable now if they ask me," Gagné said. "I did well the last two years. I feel if I am going to get better, I need some challenges. Maybe if I have the chance and I'm ready for it, maybe it (would) be great for me."
Philadelphia Inquirer - October 26, 2007 - C08 SPORTS
Flyers Notes Gagne to undergo concussion testing
Flyers Notes TAMPA, Fla. - Simon Gagne could have a concussion. The Flyers can find out for sure today in Boston if the left winger undergoes baseline neurological testing. Gagne said he awoke yesterday without dizziness after being clipped near the chin by Jay Bouwmeester during the 4-3 loss to the Panthers on Wednesday in Sunrise, Fla. He sat out most of the game. General manager Paul Holmgren was optimistic that Gagne would play tomorrow afternoon in Boston.
Concussion symptoms cloud Gagne's return
Flyer compares health to barfly who's had too many stiff drinks
VOORHEES, N.J. - Simon Gagne compares his health to a barfly who's had a few too many stiff drinks.
He stops short, however, of describing what he's feeling as any kind of lingering symptoms from a concussion.
"Nobody has really said if it's a concussion," Gagne said after the Flyers practiced Tuesday. "Right now, it's more a vision problem and dizziness. I don't think they call that a concussion."
Gagne hasn't played for the Philadelphia Flyers since he was knocked out of last Wednesday's game against Florida. He has not been cleared to return to the ice.
He skated alone for about 30 minutes Tuesday and said he felt better, but not quite ready to play. He considers himself day to day.
"I feel like everything around me is quicker," he said.
Gagne, who has four goals and eight points, needs to pass a test administered by the Flyers that determines the effects of his head injuries. If Gagne passes Wednesday's test and feels like he can play, he could be ready for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia's game Thursday at Montreal.
Flyers left winger Simon Gagne misses 5th game because of dizziness
Posted 11/8/2007 6:32 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Philadelphia Flyers left winger Simon Gagne was scratched from Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils after complaining of dizziness stemming from a collision with Pittsburgh's Gary Roberts.
The hit occurred in the third period of Philadelphia's 3-1 road win Wednesday night.
"He went back to the hotel and he said he was a little dizzy and had a headache," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday. "He was a little better this morning, but as the day went on he was a little shaky. He'll see the doctor in the morning."
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 15, 2007 - E01 SPORTS
Flyers concede it's a concussion, Simon Gagne had shown symptoms since a hit last week.
Flyers forward Simon Gagne has a concussion. Gagne made that announcement yesterday after practice. He has been exhibiting classic concussion symptoms since last Thursday, a day after he was hit by Penguins winger Gary Roberts in Pittsburgh. The Flyers had not used the word concussion until yesterday, when general manager Paul Holmgren said team physician Gary Dorshimer called him. Gagne originally was found to have a concussion by the Panthers'team doctor
Flyers Reveal Gagné Had Concussion
By the Associated Press
...Add Simon Gagné to the list of prominent Flyers felled by a concussion, a group that includes the former captains Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau. It took two bouts of dizziness and other symptoms for the determination to be made Wednesday that Gagné had sustained at least one concussion, if not two, in the last month.
"First of all, we didn't know for sure, and, secondly, I wasn't aware of the repercussions," General Manager Paul Holmgren said.
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 20, 2007 - D02 SPORTS
Gagne progressing, but slowly
The hardest part about coming back from a concussion is knowing there will be good days and bad days. Yesterday wasn't bad for Flyers left winger Simon Gagne, but it wasn't very good, either. He still was experiencing post-concussion symptoms in the morning and late afternoon, although not during a three-mile run on the treadmill. "Physically, I feel pretty good, but the symptoms are still there,"Gagne said.
Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - November 14, 2007 - 74 SPORTS
Lindros feels Gagne's pain
WHEN ERIC LINDROS retired last week, reports noted he suffered "at least eight concussions."The estimate was needed then, as it apparently is in today's National Hockey League, because sometimes a concussion is not called a concussion. Sometimes he was deemed to have suffered something else, something that allowed him back on the ice as soon as the fog around his head cleared. A shoulder. A back. Dizziness and dehydration
Flyers' Simon Gagne out with 3rd concussion
Last Updated: Monday, February 11, 2008 | 4:38 PM ET
Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers is indefinitely sidelined after sustaining his third concussion of the season on Sunday.
The one-time all-star has already missed 30 games this year due to concussions.
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 22, 2008 - D01 SPORTS
Gagne felt urge to get back on ice, Injured Flyer working to return in the fall.
The longer the Flyers'unlikely playoff drive went, the more his competitive spirit tugged on Simon Gagne. The closer the Flyers got to the Stanley Cup championship round, the more the thoughts of a possible comeback danced in his head. "We didn't go to the finals and we'll never know what was going to be my decision,"Gagne said yesterday, when the Flyers gathered at the Skate Zone in Voorhees for the final time
After probably the saddest part of Gagne's career, he was to make a rousing comeback.
11. 2008-09: The Return of Gags
Here we are returning to familiar territory. In the 2008-09 season the Flyers turned a horrific start into leading the Atlantic into middling it for the latter part of the season and suffering a first round exit to Pittsburgh. All in the midst of it, Gagne went and put 34 goals on the boards returning from his own medical horrors.
Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16, 2008 - C12 SPORTS
Healthy Gagne a plus for Flyers
DENVER - If you've been caught up in the Phillies' postseason run and haven't paid close attention to the Flyers, you may not be aware that thereis some good news surrounding the winless hockey club. Left winger Simon Gagne is resembling the player who scored a total of 88 goals in the two seasons before the last one. Gagne leads the 0-2-1 Flyers with three goals - one in each game - and has shown no ill effects from the concussion that.
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 18, 2008 - D03 SPORTS
Gagne, Flyers on pace to shatter record
The Flyers and left winger Simon Gagne are on pace to shatter single-season NHL records for shorthanded goals. Yes, it's early. Yes, the numbers will be hard to maintain. But in the season's first 17 games, the Flyers'penalty killers have been stunningly efficient scorers. The Flyers have a league-high eight shorthanded goals and are on pace for 39.
Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - November 4, 2008 - 55 SPORTS
Gagne, last year's concussion behind him, honored by NHL
There were a lot of reasonable questions about how Simon Gagne would be in the first months of his return from concussions that ended last season early. Gagne has answered all of them so far. He's been pretty much the player the Flyers have come to expect. This week, the NHL selected the All-Star left winger as its third star of the week for his performance in the last three games, in which he scored three goals and five assists.
‘'Gagne' means winner in French for Philly' by the Vancouver Province
Gagne, Carter having special seasons for FlyersMonday, 12.15.2008 / 5:00 PM / NHL Insider By Chuck Gormley - NHL.com
In their 42-year history, the Philadelphia Flyers never have produced an Art Ross Trophy winner and only once -- when Reggie "The Rifle" Leach victimized goalies 61 times in 1975-76 -- did they produce the NHL's top goal scorer.
With opponents like Buffalo's Thomas Vanek leading the NHL in goals and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin the overall points leader, that trend may continue, but Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter may be on the verge of rewriting the Flyers' record books in the same season.
At the quarter pole, Gagne was on pace for a career-high 101 points, and Carter was marching toward a 60-goal season, more than double his career-high of 29 goals last season.
After the team was Upshalled and meandered into the playoffs, all this came to nought. But the team reloaded for another run the next season.
12. 2009-10: the run that may have never begun
This season's memories are still fresh. So I'll just get to the thick of things. Without Simon Gagne, the Flyers would not have made history against the Bruins. Without Simon Gagne, the Flyers would not have made the Stanley Cup Finals. Without Simon Gagne, we would remember 2009-10 for the Flyers' mediocrity, goaltending worries and continued mediocrity.
Here we go:
From the one and only Broad Street Hockey:
ECSF Game 4, OMGAGNE: Simon returns to win it in OT, send series back to Boston
by Travis Hughes on May 7, 2010 11:00 PM EDT
Comments from game thread:
GAGNE GAGNE GAGNE
And more like that.
And oh just scroll through the game thread for Game 7. Remember the emotion: http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2010/5/14/1472842/flyers-bruins-game-7-third-period
At the end of the season, the Flyers traded Simon Gagne, the hero of Philadelphia hockey over the last decade, to Tampa Bay for Matt Walker and a 4th round pick.
Simon Gagne, thanks for the memories. It's been a journey. And for both you and the Flyers, the journey will continue, albeit on separate paths. No matter where you end up, you will always be a Philadelphia Flyer. And you will always epitomize all that a Philadelphia Flyer should be. We, the fans, will never forget your contributions.