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Sports: Flyers Trade Gagne to Tampa Bay

The Philadelphia Flyers have said goodbye to Simon Gagne.

KYW’s Ed Benkin reports that  Gagne — after playing ten full seasons in Philadelphia — was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick.

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The popular Gagne recorded 259 goals during his career with the Flyers.  He came up big in the post-season this past spring, picking up 12 points.  He scored the game-winning goal for the Flyers in their Game 7 victory over Boston in the second round.

The move gives the Flyers some  much needed salary cap relief.  Gagne was due to make $5.25 million this season.  The Flyers are already $2.49 million over the cap and needed to get under the league’s $59.4 cap limit by next Monday.