Rejected again by a premier free agent, the Kings on Saturday found a respectable solution to their urgent need for scoring from the left side.

Soon after learning Brad Richards had spurned them in favor of the New York Rangers, the Kings agreed with left wing Simon Gagne on a two-year, $7-million contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. Gagne, 31, is due $4.5 million next season and $2.5 million in 2012-13, a lopsided division designed to pay most of his money before the NHL's labor deal expires on Sept. 15, 2012.

Gagne scored 17 goals last season for Tampa Bay, which was willing to re-sign him for only one year. He scored 34 goals for the Flyers in 2008-09 playing alongside recent Kings acquisition Mike Richards, and they'll be linemates again next season.

"That was a huge factor," said Ron Hextall, the Kings' assistant general manager. "Simon should be very comfortable there. They have chemistry."

Gagne also has a history of concussions, a severe groin injury, and a neck injury last season. "We weighed the risk here and know the upside there for our hockey club and felt it was worth the risk," said Hextall, speaking for the team while General Manager Dean Lombardi traveled back from Toronto. "He played at the end of the year and in the playoffs so we're pretty comfortable."

The low-scoring Kings' need for production on the wings intensified after they sent Wayne Simmonds to Philadelphia in the Mike Richards trade and Ryan Smyth asked to be traded home to Edmonton. Gagne, who peaked at 47 goals and 79 points in 2005-06, should help.

He said the Kings showed interest in him last season and again Friday but told him they couldn't move until Brad Richards made a decision. Once Richards took the Rangers' nine-year, $60-million offer the Kings called Gagne again.

Gagne will find many familiar faces: Mike Richards, winger Justin Williams, Coach Terry Murray - a former Flyers assistant - and one of Gagne's Flyers coaches, John Stevens, now Murray's assistant. "It's almost like Philadelphia on the West Coast," Gagne said.