Buzz: The Rangers Have Called About Simon Gagne (Updates)

Update:3:18PM:

Adam Proteau of the Hockey News say that Tampa Bay doesn’t need Gagne

Original Post:

Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun writes that the Leafs have interest in Gagne, though Toronto GM Brian Burke said “not at this time.”

Fuller also thinks that if it came down to the Leafs and Rangers, Philly would obviously want to deal out of the division.

…It’s four games vs. six games, then, but man, the idea of Gagne scoring for the Rangers against the Flyers is quite a nice thought.

Damien Cristodero of Tampa Bay.com writes that the Lightning should also have interest in Gagne to pair him with Vinny Lecavalier.

Tampa Bay currently has five forwards under contract for next season.

…Tampa, besides LA, would probably be ideal. Unless he goes nuts, he will be under the radar for the most part and only talked about when they head into Philly.

Update:7:41AM: July 15th:

In the Courier Post, Gormley writes that the teams believed to have the most interest are the Kings and Maple Leafs.

Original Gagne and Rangers rumors after the jump.

Update:11:16AM:

Pierre LeBrun tweets that Simon Gagne has been given permission to talk directly to teams, but doesn’t have a deal yet.

Original Post: July 14th: 11:23PM:

According to Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post, the Rangers are one of three teams believed to have called the Philadelphia Flyers about Simon Gagne.

Gagne, with his $5.25 million salary, is the most likely trade candidate for the Flyers who, according to CG, are about $2.5 million over the salary cap right now.

The Kings and Maple Leafs are believed to have also called about the 30-year-old sniper.

…The Kings have to be the best option for the Flyers, who probably don’t want to see Gagne four or six times a season. LA, though, won’t do anything until they know what is going on with Ilya Kovalchuk.

Last week, there was a rumor that the Flyers could put Gagne on waivers.

…Which is where Toronto comes in, since they have the second spot for waivers.

Over the weekend, Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers will have interest in Gagne if they don’t sign Kovalchuk.

…Well, they aren’t signing Kovalchuk, it would seem….