Monday, August 31, 2015

Simon Gagne's Always Been Game

Flyers career games-played leaders.

Simon Gagne's Always Been Game

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When Simon Gagne rejoins the Flyers he will do so as the player with the 10th-most regular season games played in club history. (Nam Huh/AP file photo)
When Simon Gagne rejoins the Flyers he will do so as the player with the 10th-most regular season games played in club history. (Nam Huh/AP file photo)

When Simon Gagne rejoins the Flyers — presumably Wednesday in time for their contest against the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center — he will do so as the player with the 10th-most regular season games played in club history.

If he wants to move up that list, he will have to extend his contract, which currently runs out at the end of this season. He is 61 games behind Gary Dornheofer for ninth place and the Orange and Black has just 27 games remaining in this campaign.

Here are the 28 Flyers that have played 500 or more games:

 Player      GP                  Player      GP
 Bobby Clarke  1144  Jimmy Watson    613
 Bill Barber    903  Reggie Leach    606
 Brian Propp    790  Mark Recchi    602
 Chris Therien    753  Tim Kerr    601
 Joe Watson    746  Mark Howe    594
 Bob Kelly    741  Pelle Eklund    589
 Rick MacLeish    741  Ron Sutter    555
 Eric Desjardins    738  Dave Brown    552
 Gary Dornhoefer    725  Kjell Samuelsson       545
 Simon Gagne     664  Andre Dupont    539
 John LeClair    649  Ilkka Sinisalo    526
 Rod Brind'Amour       633  Murray Craven    523
 Rick Tocchet    621  Brad Marsh    514
 Ed Van Impe    617  Paul Holmgren    500
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