Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, a longtime NHL newspaper beat writer, writes that the Philadelphia Flyers have asked Simon Gagne to waive his no-trade clause and that “it is believed” that the Kings would be interested in Gagne. I’ll add, rather firmly, that I have no confirmation of interest in Gagne on the Kings’ part, but I figured many people would be interested in the report, which adds that Gagne wouldn’t decide about the no-trade clause until after the weekend. For what it’s worth, Gagne, 30, is a former two-time 40-goal scorer with a recent history of injuries who has missed 84 games over the past three seasons. He is due $5.25 million next season, the last year of his contract.
Dean Lombardi has been silent again today. I have put in a message to him, and it remains to be seen whether or not I will hear from him tonight. If I do, you’ll certainly know about it.