Jul 282010

July 28 Philadelphia Daily News

“Dealing with the trade of Simon Gagne to Tampa Bay will be an adjustment for all of the Flyers.

Because Gagne was the longest-tenured player on the team, none of his former teammates knows what life as a Flyer is like without him.

“It was hard to see him go,” forward Scott Hartnell said yesterday at a clinic for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in Northeast Philadelphia. “He’s been here for so long. He’s done a lot for the city.

“Gags put the puck in the net and everything else. But it is part of the business with the salary- cap issues. I know if we could have squeezed him in, I’m sure Homer [general manager Paul Holmgren] would have done it.”

Hartnell joked about what it might be like racing for a puck in the corner against Gagne.

“It will be weird seeing him in a Tampa Bay uniform next year,” he said. “It won’t be fun playing against him. Pucks will be in the corner and he and I will be going after it and hopefully I will be able to come up with it instead of him.”

The loss of Gagne is not the only change. The Flyers have actively added defensemen this offseason.”

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