NHL: Simon Gagne traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning
The Philadelphia Flyers sent F Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning for D Matt Walker and a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft. Simon Gagne was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998 and stuck with them ever since. As a Flyer he scored 259 goals and dished out 265 assist which totals to 524 Points. Simon Gagne will boast the Tampa Bay Lightnings offense instantly. The Tampa Bay Lightning already have Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Steve Downie, and Ryan Malone offensively. To add Gagne to that will add another bolt to the already talented Lightning offense. After acquiring D Pavel Kubina and Brett Clark from free agency the Tampa Bay Lightning traded D Andrej Meszaros and now D Matt Walker to the Philadelphia Flyers. So really the Lightning didn’t hurt themselves on defense but made the Flyers defense a force. There are no issues at defense even with this trade. As for the Flyers they acquired D Matt Walker and a 4th round draft pick in 2011. Matt Walker is a big boy at 6’4, 215 pounds. He plays physical and is noted to be a great penalty killer. He should instantly help the Philadelphia Flyers D. The Flyers found there last starting defender in Walker who will be playing with the likes of Matt Carle, Chris Pronger, Andrej Meszaros, Kimmo Timonen, and Sean O’Donnell. Certainly sounds like a tough defense to me. Look at Steve Yzerman making a splash for the Tampa Bay Lightning this year as there new general manager. Overall a great trade for both teams.