Vin: Since Parise said what we pretty much expected, it still won’t hurt to kick the tires on him on July 1, but what says the Kings looking to unload Simon Gagne? At 3.5M for just one season, I don’t think it would be a bad option. I am curious what they may want in return though, as they have given up some high picks to make the Cup run and will look for more cap flexibility to extend Quick and make an offer to Parise.
Gagne had 17 points in 34 games for the Kings this season and missed the second half of the season and most of the playoffs with a concussion.
The Rangers had interest in Gagne when Philadelphia was trading him during the 2010 Summer before he was traded to Tampa Bay.
Gagne has a cap hit of $3.5 million next season but an actual salary of $2.5 million. He is a UFA at the end of the season.
Adam Rotter: Gagne would be someone, if LA was going to trade him, that would add depth to the Rangers offensive, but wouldn’t necessarily be the solution to their scoring issues. He isn’t a long-term solution or someone who you would give up a top prospect for. He also can’t seem to stay on the ice. A pairing with Brad Richards would seem to work out nice, but I don’t see the Rangers aggressively going after Gagne unless they strikeout on all of their offensive options.