Veteran left winger Simon Gagne has been invited to join the Boston Bruins in training camp this fall, according to TVA Sports of Canada. Gagne did not play last season. He in no way is guaranteed a roster spot, but he’ll have a legitimate chance to earn one if he can prove that there’s still some gas left in the tank.
The 34-year-old spent the majority of career playing with the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s most known to Bruins fans for his Game 7 winner at the TD Garden back during the 2010 playoffs. Gagne was also a member of the 2012 Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings.
Gagne may not be the offensive talent of years past, but allowing him a chance could benefit the Bruins in more ways than one. After all, a year away from hockey may have done him a lot of good in regards to returning to full health.
Assuming Loui Eriksson moves to Boston’s top line alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, a position to be earned vacantly awaits amid the bottom six forwards. Having Gagne in camp is a win-win situation. He’ll either prove himself and earn a job or push the youngsters to work harder who have hopes making the club.
Gagne has 288 goals and 309 assists in 799 career games. A slew of injuries have slowed him in recent years, running his total number of missed games over the course of his career to 233.
The Bruins are in need of goal scoring following the departure of Jarome Iginla. Gagne could provide some offensive help if healthy. Obviously it will not be on Iginla’s level, but something is better than nothing.