For the Kings, Simon Gagne was an easier sell than Brad Richards. After Richards spurned the Kings' advances and signed a nine-year contract with the New York Rangers, Gagne agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal Saturday that should bolster a left side weakened by the loss of Ryan Smyth. "When you change teams sometimes you need to adjust to the coach," Gagne said. "I feel that I know those guys already. I was joking that it was almost the (Philadelphia) Flyers on the West Coast right now." Gagne wasn't the first to notice the similarity. Kings assistant coach John Stevens was Gagne's head coach for three-plus seasons in Philadelphia. Terry Murray was a Flyers assistant for four seasons. Justin Williams was Gagne's teammate in Philadelphia from 2000-04 and Mike Richards assisted on several Gagne goals between 2005 and 2010. Even though all three played in different cities last season, the brotherly love flowed freely between the likely linemates this weekend.
Kings get consolation prize after losing out on Brad Richards: Simon Gagne
L.A. Daily News | Jul 3