Simon Gagne is hoping his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning will last longer than one year. One of the newest members of the team, acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers last summer, Gagne spoke a bit after practice on Friday about how he hopes his time with Tampa Bay will play out. Much was made over some comments made before the start of training camp, when the term "one year" was heard, but there is no doubt what Gagne is hoping for in the long term.
"I didn't come here to be here one year and move somewhere else after [this year]," Gagne said. "I would love to make things work here with Vinny, and the boys here, the coaching staff, Mr. Yzerman, having a good start, and hopefully finding a way to get an extension. That's my goal and hopefully that is going to work."
Gagne is expected to be a huge part of what the team is trying to accomplish this year. He is an integral part of what many believe is one of the best top-six in hockey. The Lightning are hoping that Gagne can stay healthy and return to the player that had back-to-back 40-goal seasons. He has looked good in practice and preseason games, including a three-point night against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Gagne also understands that it is not only a learning process for him, but for the team as well.
"I think it works on both sides, it's new for me to be with a new team; I was with the Flyers for 10 years and for them, it's good for them to know me a little bit. I think it's worked well on both sides. We will see what's going to happen, but if it works, I am sure we can find a way. I would love to stay here for more then one year."
As for the prospects of this year's team, Gagne likes what he sees so far. "I like the way things are going around here, I like the direction of the team, where they are going right now, and I believe a lot of good things will happen in the future here."
That should eliminate all confusion as to what Gagne wants past this season.