You’d figure an NHL veteran like Simon Gagne could find a home considering three teams in the NHL are averaging less than two goals a game, while 13 teams can’t score more than 2.5 goals on average. Injuries have chewed up the top-six groups for the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers (for example), and still Gagne waits for his phone to ring.
If he waits too much longer, he could sit out the year entirely. Gagne still feels like he has something to offer at this level though and doesn’t want to retire.
Simon Gagné not ready to discuss retirement but if he doesn’t join an NHL team soon, could take rest of the year off. Still wants to play.
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) October 22, 2013
While the 33 year-old isn’t going to come on and score 30 goals, he’s still a guy with nearly 800 games of experience and almost 600 points to his credit. Certainly there’s a team that could use him on the fourth line. Yet this is the world that veterans are living in in 2013-14. With the cap coming down and squads scrambling for compliance as it is, there just hasn’t been room for Gagne yet.
Don’t be surprised if you see him skating somewhere as injuries continue to pile up around the league though. If the former Flyer isn’t being too sticky on the money issue, he could be playing on an NHL team within the next few weeks.