After sputtering out of the gate, amassing just two points and scoring a scant four goals in four games, the Bruins are looking to an old nemesis to help get the NHL’s second-highest scoring team last season off the schnide.
Simon Gagne, who did not play in the NHL last season due to myriad injuries, was finally signed to a one-way, one-year $600,000 deal after traveling with the team since the season started. The 34-year-old former Flyer was invited to camp on a professional try-out (PTO) and the Bs’ brass liked what they saw so they kept him around.
Gagne shouldn’t be viewed as some panacea that is suddenly going to turn things around. But the guy was a two-time 40-goal scorer until slowed by concussions and can add some pop down low on the power play should Claude decide to use him there. Additionally, he’s a veteran that has been in some battles and can fill in some of the leadership void. His last three trips to the playoffs were SCF (won with Kings though he didn’t play a lot), ECF (Lightning lost to the Bruins in one of the most perfect hockey games ever played), and SCF (Flyers lost to Hawks).
In 13 NHL seasons, he’s put up 288-309–597 in 799 games with a +129. His last season was 2012-13 where he had 5-11–16 in 38 games with LA and Philly.
I think Gagne will certainly give them more than they were getting Matt Fraser, Jordan Caron, or Bobby Robins (Caron was, yet again, sent to Providence and Robins was waived with purpose of sending him to Providence). I don’t know where they’re going to plug him in but I’m interested to see what he has left. It was a no-risk move by Peter Chiarelli. Now, we’ll see if it comes with any reward.