BOSTON (CBS) — While the statuses of unsigned winger Reilly Smith and D-man Torey Krug remain very much up in the air, the Bruins have a few spots elsewhere on the roster that are yet to be determined.
Vying for one spot on the wing is Simon Gagne, the 34-year-old who did not play in the NHL last season. While Gagne is no sure thing, Fred Toucher said that if the veteran forward ends up proving himself as worth of making the roster, that would be a very positive addition for the Bruins.
“This guy is a proven playoff performer. He’s not old,” Toucher said. “Simon Gagne is interesting to me, because people say it’s hard to get back into the league after a year off, but I believe that his performance was incredibly hurt by head injuries. He said he was in Quebec City and he had a year to kind of get over the hump with these [injuries], he’s intriguing.”
Gagne scored 47 goals back in 2005-06 and 41 goals the following year, and he scored 34 goals in 2008-09. Yet that number dropped significantly in the following seasons, bottoming out at five in 2012-13, when he played 38 games combined between the Kings and Flyers.
If Smith ends up signing a contract, like the Bruins hope, then Gagne would likely be looking at a third- or fourth-line role if he makes the team.
“I think it would be very good news coming out of camp if Gagne made this team,” Toucher said.
Listen to Fred discuss Simon Gagne below: