Jul 192010

July 19 Philadelphia Inquirer

Simon Gagne is no longer the Flyers’ longest-tenured player.

Monday’s signing of highly coveted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk quickly paved the way for the Flyers to deal Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Matt Walker and a 4th round pick, a league source has confirmed to the Daily News.

Gagne, 30, had one year left on his contract worth $5.25 million. The move was expected since the Flyers were approximately $2.49 million over the NHL’s $59.4 million cap heading into Monday.

The Lightning were an available dance partner, having just short of $20 million in space to work.

Only Eagles kicker David Akers, who joined the Eagles on month before Gagne joined the Flyers, has been in town longer.

Walker, 30, posted 5 points in 66 games last season. He has three years left on his deal worth $1.7 million per season.

This is the second trade Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and newly-minted Lightning boss Steve Yzerman have nailed down this summer. On July 1, the Flyers acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros from Tampa for a second round pick.

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