Report: Simon Gagne trying out for Bruins

by Aug 15, 3:08 PM
John E. Sokolowski / USA Today

Simon Gagne will reportedly attempt to revive his NHL career in a tryout for the Boston Bruins.

Gagne, 34, went unsigned last season and spent part of the year as an analyst for french-language sports network TVA. He appears to be a good fit for Boston, which needs to fill roster spots with little cap space and could make use of a veteran player anxious to play again regardless of the contract.

Oct 15, 1:17 PM

Bruins' Gagne expected to play first NHL game since April 2013 on Wednesday vs. Red Wings

by Oct 15, 1:17 PM
Jean-Yves Ahern / USA TODAY Sports

It's been a long road back to the NHL for 34-year-old sniper Simon Gagne, but the Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup winner is expected to return to action with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, the club announced.

"It's special ... now being back after almost a year and a half, it means a lot to me," Gagne said following Bruins practice Wednesday. "It's been a while since I've played a real game and I'm pretty excited, and looking forward to that first one tonight."

If line rushes at practice Wednesday are any indication, and they usually are, Gagne, who hasn't played an NHL game since April 2013, will play on the Bruins' fourth line on the right flank of Ryan Spooner and Dan Paille. 

Oct 14, 10:55 AM

Bruins sign Simon Gagne to 1-year deal worth $600K

by Oct 14, 10:55 AM

The Boston Bruins officially added Simon Gagne to both their roster and payroll Tuesday, signing the veteran forward to a one-year, $600,000 contract.

Gagne was with the team on a tryout basis but wasn't eligible to play without an NHL contract. 

Two seasons ago, the two-time 40-goal scorer played in 38 games split between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers, scoring five goals. 

In a reactive move, Bobby Robins and Jordan Caron were assigned to the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins.

Oct 11, 9:15 PM

Report: Bruins expected to give Simon Gagne official contract

by Oct 11, 9:15 PM

The Boston Bruins are drawing up a contract for Simon Gagne, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Gagne is currently with the team on a tryout basis but is not on the roster or eligible to play until the team determines a cap figure. 

Boston's cap issues have been well-documented all summer, a position that most recently forced the trade of defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders. 

Oct 8, 11:10 AM

Simon Gagne to remain with Bruins on tryout agreement once season begins

by Oct 8, 11:10 AM
Jean-Yves Ahern / USA TODAY Sports

Simon Gagne will remain with the Boston Bruins on a professional tryout agreement once the regular season begins, according to the team's official website. Without a contract, however, Gagne is not listed on the roster or eligible to play in games.

"He's going to stick around and he’s going to continue to skate with us and travel with us," said general manager Peter Chiarelli. "He’s getting better and we’ll see where it goes in a short period of time ... He likes what he’s seeing and certainly a player that if he can get close to what he was before, he’ll be a helpful player."

The Bruins, of course, are facing salary cap issues, leading to the trade of stalwart defenseman Johnny Boychuk. As such, additional funds (and a roster spot) would need to be freed up in order to make room for the veteran forward.

Jul 13, 10:15 PM

Simon Gagne 'ready to move on' if he does't receive another NHL contract offer

by Jul 13, 10:15 PM
Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports

Simon Gagne spent this past NHL season in Quebec with his family, after not receiving a contract last summer. 

The 34-year-old last played for the Philadelphia Flyers during the lockout shortened 2013 season, and told Kevin Dubé of he has not asked his agent to call around to gauge interest.

 Gagne says he's "ready to move on" if he is not contacted prior to training camps in September.

Having said that, he remains open to the possibility of resuming his professional hockey career.

"Before the start of training camps, teams will see the needs they have," he said. "From my side, I'm training for a month as if I was preparing for a camp...I'm ready for anything. I would like to start playing and show the world that I can still play in the NHL."

Gagne says he will "not be angry" if he's not given another shot, adding that his experience with the Los Angeles Kings provided a sense of completion to his career.

"If I had not won the Cup in 2012, perhaps I would think differently," he said.

Drafted 22nd overall by the Flyers in 1998, Gagne recorded 288 goals and 309 assists in 799 career games, with a career high of 47 goals scored in 2005-06.