Simon Gagne's back. We've already freaked out, and we've already looked at whether or not the trade helps the Philadelphia Flyers. Now, let's hear from the man himself. Here's a transcript of Gagne's media availability after the trade was announced.
Q: What was your reaction to the trade?
Gagne: It's tough to say exactly the way I feel right now. It's always a shock first of all getting traded, but after when they told me the place I was going, the place I was there for more than 10 years and where everything started, so it's going back to the place where I'm really familiar and really excited to go back to Philly.
How are you feeling these days?
Health-wise I feel really good. Hockey-wise it's a little tougher the last couple weeks, in and out of the lineup and not playing much. Trying to understand what was my role here with the Kings this year, try to figure out what's going on. It's part of the game and now it's behind me and it's time to focus on what I have to do to help the Flyers to win.
Do you feel like you're in game shape?
Game shape's good even if I haven't played the last, I think, five games. It's been, what, two weeks since I played. Still practicing with the team, still getting a skate after every morning skate, still riding the bike. That was the only thing I was able to do, try to focus on and keep myself in shape for exactly what happened and try to go and play for another team.
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