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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.