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Sam Gagner’s Playoff Dreams in Jeopardy Due to Cup Engraving Rules



Sam Gagner's Playoff Dreams In Jeopardy Due To Cup Engraving Rules

As the Edmonton Oilers embark on their journey towards a potential sixth Stanley Cup victory, veteran forward Sam Gagner finds himself facing an unexpected hurdle in his quest for playoff glory.

Gagner, known for his historic eight-point night, may be sidelined from having his name engraved on the coveted Stanley Cup due to specific league requirements.

Despite his impressive career achievements, including being the only player in the last 35 years to achieve such a feat, Gagner’s chances of seeing his name etched on the silver mug are slim.

In order to have his name included on the Stanley Cup, Gagner must meet certain criteria set by the NHL, including playing in a specified number of regular-season games and potentially participating in the finals.

While the Oilers’ playoff roster currently lists Gagner as a healthy scratch for Game 1 against the Florida Panthers, his hopes of seeing game time remain uncertain.

With players like Derek Ryan and Sam Carrick ahead of him in the lineup, Gagner faces tough competition to secure a spot on the ice during the playoffs.

Although there is a possibility for teams to petition the NHL to make exceptions for players like Gagner, the process is not guaranteed and often requires extenuating circumstances.

Notable cases where players’ names were successfully added to the Stanley Cup include Vladimir Konstantinov, who was granted the honor by former Red Wings GM Ken Holland, and Daniel Carcillo, whose name was petitioned by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

However, instances like former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington attempting to add his father Basil‘s name to the Cup in 1984 serve as a reminder of the league’s strict enforcement of engraving rules.

As Gagner waits on the sidelines, his dream of being immortalized on the Stanley Cup hangs in the balance, with potential playoff opportunities and league considerations ultimately determining his fate.

Rachel Adams

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