Monday, July 19, 2010

Simon Gagne, expensive hypochondriac, traded for two problem contracts

As per TSN, Simon Gagne has waived his no-trade clause to play for Steve Yzerman and Tampa Bay. Him and his $5.250 million deal with one year left on it has been traded for a fourth round pick, Andrej Meszaros and Matt Walker.

It's also popping up that Tampa Bay also gets a second round pick out of this deal.

The oft-injured Gagne is still a legitimate scoring threat, completely turning around that series against the Bruins, with four goals after returning in Game 4, with the winner late in Game 7. If he gets hurt, well, you only have him for one more year before you can re-sign him to a much more appropriate dollar-figure.

Andrez Meszaros and Matt Walker, on the other hand, have a combined cap hit of $5.7 million with deals that don't expire until 2013 (Meszaros in 2014).


So a rookie, rebuilding General Manager saves his team money and gets the best player in the deal? Nobody told Darryl Sutter it could be that easy.


Unfortunately, it does not seem that Andrej Meszaros is part of this deal, meaning that the Flyers don't get a good return defenseman and save $1 million in cap space to fix their goaltending tinker around with their blueline.


Nope, I had it right the first time. Meszaros is a Flyer. Philly takes on more salary and downgrades.

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