After a slow start to the season in which they’ve scored four goals in four games, the Bruins are rolling the dice on a veteran sniper.
Simon Gagne, who was with the B’s in training camp and preseason, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $600,000, per ESPN. Gagne, 34, didn’t play at all last year while recovering from injury but looked good in exhibition play, scoring two points in five games while firing nine shots on goal.
Formerly one of the league’s most prolific snipers — he had 47 and 41 goals in back-to-back seasons for Philadelphia from 2005-07 — Gagne will likely get a shot at breaking into the lineup immediately, possibly in time for Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game against Detroit at Joe Louis.
Where Gagne fits, though, remains to be seen.
Following Monday’s 2-1 loss to Colorado, B’s head coach Claude Julien said rookie winger Seth Griffith looked good in his NHL debut and was “an upgrade” to the top line of David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
“We’ll see if he can build on that stuff, but I thought he got better and he skated well,” said Julien, per CSNNE. “He made some plays. So, to me, I thought our lineup was an upgrade tonight.”
Gagne also saw time with Ryan Spooner and Dan Paille during the preseason, so that spot is also an option.
UPDATE: In addition to signing Gagne, the Bruins waived forward Bobby Robins and sent fellow forward Jordan Caron to AHL Providence. Robins, 32, was one of the league’s best stories this preseason, making the Bruins out of training camp before appearing in three regular-season contests — he’s been placed on waivers for the purpose of going to Providence, so we’ll see if he clears and sticks with the organization.
Caron, the 23-year-old taken 25th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, make his season debut on Monday, finishing minus-1 in 8:05 TOI.