Sam Gagner's name likely won't etched on the cup

Mark Parsons
June 7, 2024  (3:47 PM)

Edmonton Oilers forward Same Gagner
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As the Edmonton Oilers gear up for the Stanley Cup Final against the Florida Panthers, a poignant narrative emerges. Veteran Sam Gagner's name might be absent from the coveted Stanley Cup, despite his impactful return to the Oilers this season on a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Gagner, who bolstered the Oilers' depth early in the season, has seen his role diminish since the acquisition of Corey Perry. Post-acquisition, his ice time has been minimal, and he has yet to appear in the playoffs.

Gagner's Oilers legacy may not be etched on the cup

According to NHL rules, a player must participate in at least 41 regular-season games or one game in the Stanley Cup Final to have his name engraved on the trophy, putting Gagner's eligibility at risk.
ENGRAVING ELIGIBILITY: A player is required to have appeared in at least 41 regular-season games with a team, or one Stanley Cup Final game, to be eligible to have his name engraved on the trophy. - NHL.com

Despite this, Gagner's dedication to the team remains unwavering. At 34, with a career spanning over a thousand games and seven different teams, his connection to the Oilers is deep, dating back to his selection as the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. This season might mark the end of his professional journey, making his potential exclusion from the Cup's engraving even more emotional.
As the Final series unfolds, fans and teammates hope head coach Knoblauch will give Gagner a chance to play, allowing him to meet the eligibility criteria. Gagner's resilience and dedication make him a deserving candidate to conclude his NHL saga with his name etched on the Stanley Cup. The Oilers community watches eagerly, hoping to see Gagner grace the ice in the Final, honoring his unwavering commitment to the sport and the team.
Source: Oilers Insider
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Sam Gagner's name likely won't etched on the cup

If the Oilers win, should Sam Gagner's name make it on the cup?

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