Gagne is four years removed from being a star player, where he averaged nearly a point per game in 2008-09 with the Flyers. Since then, injuries have derailed what was a great career, and he hasn’t played a full season since. He got into 38 games this past season, split between the Kings and Flyers. He has an Olympic Gold Medal and a Stanley Cup ring, and if the Senators could get some solid playing time out of him he could have a resurgence. His top end upside would be worth the risk on a short term contract, and would be a similar gamble to what they took on with Latendresse last year.
The Gatineau native might have some personal reasons to want to play with the Senators. His injury problems are not as severe as Gagne’s, and Briere is a proven playoff performer who steps up in big games. He has over a point per game over his career in the post-season. He was bought out by the Flyers and will be 36 right near the opening of the 2013-14 season.