Simon Gagne spoke with La Presse today about how he threw all of his eggs in the Flyers basket, and how he's still a free agent. He's not happy. Here's a brief excerpt of his interview. Translation via simongagne.com:
"All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract and I even told Robert Sauvé, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams," said Gagné. "We trusted them. We put all our eggs in one basket and we got caught. We never thought we'd be stuck in this situation at this time of the year..."
Gagné kept hoping to return with the Flyers up until recently. "When I heard [Tuesday] that they had given a contract to Dan Cleary, it was like a slap in the face. I'm disappointed. I knew that hockey was a business, but with all the positive discussions we had with the GM Paul Holmgren, I can't believe I'm not back with them."
You can see the full English version of the story here. I understand why the Flyers are going the direction they are with their young players in camp, but it's upsetting to see somebody as beloved in Philly as Gagne hung out to dry like this. Hopefully somebody asks Homer about this, because there are always two sides to the story.