and Justin Williams
arrived in Philadelphia one season apart as teenagers and grew into burgeoning stars during their four seasons as teammates. They spent most of that time as linemates, and grew to be close friends.
Their time as teammates ended when Williams was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes
in 2003, but when Gagne became a free agent in July, the chance to play again with Williams was a big reason he chose to sign with the Los Angeles Kings
"It was one reason I came here, because Justin was a guy that I keep in touch with as a friend outside of hockey," Gagne told NHL.com. "When I learned that maybe I would be able to sign with L.A. and maybe play with him again, we're not sure now what the lines are going to be, but it's fun."
The pair are linemates again through the first three games, and have developed a strong chemistry with center Anze Kopitar
"I forgot how much I like playing with him," Williams told NHL.com. "He's on the puck, he's speedy, he's easy to read off of. We've had a decent start to the season. We're definitely looking for a big night here. That would be something special."
Gagne also hopes the partnership lasts.
"He brings a lot of energy," Gagne said of Williams. "He just goes all-in. And we've got a center that maybe is one of the best players in the League. … We like what we see. Hopefully we'll be able to play a good game tonight."
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