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What they're saying about Tampa Bay Lightning acquiring Simon Gagne

"I'm very excited. This is an exciting thing that should get everybody fired up. I'm fired up, and the fans should be, too."

Marty St. Louis, Lightning right wing

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"He's a winner because even if he's not scoring, he's useful. He knows how to play defense. He knows how to kill penalties. He's good in the locker room. He thrives when roles are defined, and there will be clearly defined roles with (coach) Guy Boucher there. This is a tremendous move. It doesn't cost you a lot and allows you going forward to be more flexible with the roster."

Pierre McGuire, TSN television analyst and former Whalers coach

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"What I like most about him is his speed and, to me, he's a clutch player. He's always been great in big moments. You want as many guys like that as you can."

Guy Boucher, Lightning coach

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"I think he's a good gamble move for Tampa Bay. When he's healthy, he's a good player, a 40-goal, 80-point guy. The question is, can he stay healthy? But you put him with (Steven) Stamkos, (Vinny) Lecavalier, (Marty) St. Louis, (Ryan) Malone, that's a pretty good top six, so I like the move."

Doug MacLean, former Blue Jackets president

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"He's fast, man. He's fast, and he can score. He's one of those guys who can score with a wrist shot from the top of the (faceoff) circle. He's been there for so many years, and he's always been a great guy in the locker room. He's responsible defensively. He's got outside speed, and he can score, and coming from Philly, he's going to have tenacity."

Todd Fedoruk, former Flyers teammate and former Lightning player

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"This is like a cherry on the cake for us and the organization. It's all very positive. It'll be exciting for the fans. It'll be exciting for the players, the coaching staff. It's pretty impressive to get a guy like Simon Gagne and convince him to come over. We couldn't have a better addition to the team."

Boucher

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"He's a star in the league. He's proven through the years how good he is. To have him with us, I definitely think it's going to help. It's exciting. We haven't made the playoffs in three years and have a lot to prove. At the same time, we don't think like a team that hasn't been in the playoffs. We believe we're a really good team. He thinks the same thing. He wants to win, and he wants to win in Tampa."

Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning captain

What they're saying about Tampa Bay Lightning acquiring Simon Gagne 07/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 11:36pm]

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