Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Simon Gagne of Tampa Bay Lightning fights off 'injury-prone' tag

“In 11 years, I’ve had injuries maybe three years,” Lightning left wing Simon Gagne says. “It’s not like I’m hurt every year.”

EDWARD LINSMIER | Times

“In 11 years, I’ve had injuries maybe three years,” Lightning left wing Simon Gagne says. “It’s not like I’m hurt every year.”

BRANDON — Simon Gagne knows he has a reputation for being injury prone.

But the Lightning left wing said if you look at the facts, well, it's just not true.

"I was unlucky the last two years," he said Monday at the Ice Sports Forum after his first pre-training camp skate with his new teammates.

"When you see something happen in a short period of time, you remember that. You don't remember when the player is heathy. In 11 years, I've had injuries maybe three years. It's not like I'm hurt every year."

In fact, Gagne, 30, acquired in July from the Flyers for D Matt Walker, has had three surgeries the past three-plus years.

He had double-hernia surgery after the 2006-07 season, hip surgery after 2008-09 and early last season had surgery to fix groin and abdominal injuries.

He played just 25 games in 2007-08 because of post-concussion syndrome. He played 46 in 2002-03 because of a groin injury and concussion.

On the other hand, in the past three seasons in which Gagne played at least 70 games (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2008-09), the two-time All-Star scored 47, 41 and 34 goals. In fact, he said last season's surgery was done to insure his health this season, Gagne's last in a five-year deal that pays $5.25 million:

"It's the last year of my contract, so to play the whole season and playoffs, you get more points at the end for signing again."

Add that Gagne had 17 goals and 40 points in 58 regular-season games last season, nine goals in 19 playoff games, and says, "I'm feeling young again, almost like it's my first year," in reference to being with Tampa Bay, and things seem positive.

"When I'm healthy, I know what I can do, and I proved it in the playoffs," Gagne said. "But people remember the bad, so I have to work against that to make them forget. I'm looking forward to being healthy all year. I'll touch wood. That's going to be my goal."

Classy move: Gagne said he was willing to wear No. 21 because Ryan Malone had 12. But Malone gave it up and took No. 6, apparently without request for compensation.

"He's done great things with that number," Malone said. "And it was time for a change for myself, I thought, so it was no problem. I just said, with open arms, 'Come join the team.' "

"It showed the class of the guy," Gagne said. "I've heard a lot of great things about him, but just by giving No. 12 away, that just showed the person he is."

Gagne said he always has worn 12 except for the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, when he wore 21 in deference to Jarome Iginla.

"It showed the welcome," Gagne said of Malone's gesture. "I'll try to buy him dinner on the road this year or something."

Road trip: All things being equal, C Steven Stamkos said he would rather be skating, but being summoned to New York by the NHL for a two-day media event isn't bad, either.

"It's a little odd, the timing," said Stamkos, who will join, among others, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. "But you want to help the NHL any way you can."

Odds and ends: Malone said he heard the summer rumors he could be traded for Maple Leafs D Tomas Kaberle but never was asked to waive his no-trade clause. … Malone and wife Abby had their second child (and second boy), Cooper, on April 12. … F Paul Szczechura was married July 10 to longtime girlfriend Sandra Petitto. … Ice Fest is Sept. 28 at the St. Pete Times Forum. … Training camp practices and scrimmages — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday through Monday at the Ice Sports Forum — are free and open to the public. Additional fan events begin 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to tampabay.com/blogs/lightning for details.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at [email protected]

Simon Gagne of Tampa Bay Lightning fights off 'injury-prone' tag 09/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:57am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College basketball scandal dips into Tampa Bay

    Preps

    Tuesday's national college basketball scandal has recruiting ties to Tampa Bay.

    In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. [AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File]
  2. Lightning's Brayden Point could be perfect fit alongside Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    SUNRISE — Brayden Point ended last season as the Lightning's No. 1 center, thrust into the role as a rookie due to injuries.

    Lightning center Brayden Point (21) advances the puck through the neutral zone during Friday's preseason game against the Nashville Predators. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. For starters: Rays at Yankees, with Blake Snell starting, Wilson Ramos cashing in

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: The Rays are officially eliminated from the playoff race with their next loss or the Twins next win. ... Both LHP Xavier Cedeno and 3B coach Charlie Montoyo got word that their familes in Puerto Rico were safe and their homes withstood the hurricane. ... Ramos said he wasn't focused on the …

    Tonight marks Wilson Ramos' 55th start of the season.
  4. Cannon Fodder podcast: Considering Gerald McCoy's comments

    Bucs

    Greg Auman talks about Gerald McCoy's comments — both about fan criticism online and Donald Trump — in the latest episode of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Gerald McCoy, front, said Monday that he would love to have a conversation with any of the fans who take to social media to criticize him and his Bucs teammates. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Alex Volkov with a top-six showcase for Lightning

    Blogs

    Alex Volkov entered Lightning camp a bit of an unknown, the second-round pick from Russia in his first NHL camp.

    Alex Volkov (79) works to stop Florida Panthers center Denis Malgin (62) during the second period of Sunday's game in Tampa.