SIMON SAYS YES TO POSSIBLE TRADE
I spoke with several NHL sources today, all of whom confirmed that the Flyers have in fact asked Simon Gagne to waive his no trade clause.
One source close to both Gagne and the Flyers confirmed that Gagne has in fact agreed to waive it.
However, no trade is imminent this weekend.
The Flyers have discussed a possible deal involving Gagne with another team - believed to be the Los Angeles Kings - and both sides have agreed to take the July 4th weekend to sleep on it and think about it.
The rationalization behind the deal appears to be so the Flyers can clear enough salary cap space to sign restricted free agents Darroll Powe and Dan Carcillo and to sign another, higher-priced goalie.
I spoke with someone who knows former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco really well and was I was told "Turco really wants to go to Philly."
The Flyers are looking for a veteran goalie for just 1-2 years before possibly turning the reins over to one of their young prospects.
Rumors are flying about several names from Los Angeles who could be coming back to the Flyers, but it's likely to be a package of a player and draft picks.
I tried contacting Gagne by phone both last night and today, but was unable to reach him.
The name of James van Riemsdyk has also been mentioned in these rumors, but I have not been able to get anyone to confirm for me that he is part of any trade discussion.
Gagne, 30, is one of the longest-tenured athletes in Philadelphia, arriving the same season as Eagles' kicker David Akers and Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
I will update if I get any further information.