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Simon Gagne Traded to Tampa Bay

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Simon Gagne has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker and a 4th round pick. Walker is a 30 year old defenseman with just 4 NHL goals in his entire career, but does have 444 PIMs to go with it. This was a clear salary dump for the Flyers, as Walker is a $1.7 million cap hit (albeit for three more years), compared to Gagne’s $5.25 million for this season. This was an absolute steal by new Tampa GM Steve Yzerman, who has had a terrific offseason thus far, managing to dump both Walker and Andrej Meszaros on Philadelphia, a total $5.7 million cap hit for the next three seasons.