The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports former Flyers winger Simon Gagne has not retired from professional hockey and still holds out hope of catching on to an NHL team before hanging up his skates. Gagne said he was still in contact with at least one NHL in December about a comeback but nothing came of it.
Gagne still seems to be a little hurt that he is not back with the Flyers after he seemed to have positive interactions with general manager Paul Holmgren, who told Gagne to "hang tight." Unfortunately, with the salary cap dropping by $6 million, Gagne did not get a contract but was offered a number of professional tryouts.
Due to Gagne's recent injury history, a professional tryout in 2014 is likely his only option to catch on with a team for the 2014-15 season.
However, despite being upset about not playing in Philadelphia, Gagne still had great things to say about Philadelphia. "I'm really glad I had the chance to come back and say a proper goodbye," Gagne said. "It's still the best place for a hockey player to play."
Gagne, who turns 34 on Friday or Saturday depending on when you want to celebrate it - his birthday is technically February 29th, rejoined the Flyers last February from the Los Angeles Kings. He scored five goals and added six assists for 11 points in 27 games in 2013. Gagne was a two-time 40-goal scorer with the Flyers in 2005-06 (47) and 2006-07 (41) when he won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers MVP.
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