Bruins will bring in Simon Gagne for tryout

Simon Gagne (right) beat the Bruins with an overtime goal in a 2010 playoff game. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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Simon Gagne (right) beat the Bruins with an overtime goal in a 2010 playoff game.

The Bruins haven’t done much in free agency — in fact, they have yet to sign anyone of note — but they will have at least one new face at training camp. General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Friday that the team is bringing in 34-year-old Simon Gagne for a tryout.

The left winger doesn’t exactly fill the hole the Bruins were trying to fill, that of a right-shot winger, but he does have 799 games of NHL experience.


The longtime Flyer did not play in the NHL last season, after spending the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign with Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 13 NHL seasons, he has 288 goals and 309 assists for 597 points.

It seems unlikely that Gagne, a left shot, will make the team, given the Bruins’ current needs. Chiarelli said Thursday that they could acquire a right-shot winger before the start of the season, though he declined to elaborate on whether they have anything in the works.

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.
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