There is not an ounce of me that is not jumping for joy at his prospective return to this ambitious LA Kings lineup. However, it is more of a pipedream than a tangible reality. Simon Gagne’s commitment to his full recovery to be one hundred percent, nothing less, speaks volumes to his leadership, experience and maturity. You would hope for that in the 32 year-old former two-time Bobby Clarke Trophy winner.
However, in his self-serving road to recovery, Gagne has been no stranger to the LA locker room.
“It is hard,” Gagne said. “It’s the best time of the season. It’s doesn’t matter if it’s first round, second round. The Final is the best time of the season. I’m around you know? I’ve been around since the start of the season. I didn’t go back home.”
His dedication to his teammates is critically crucial in the LA Kings quest for their first championship in team history. Gagne is a deep well of playoff experience. His presence in the room is a boost to what I hope is a room full of elated but humble egoes.
“Just being there, talking to the boys, and having the experience of been there before and I was talking to them about what I’ve been through,” he said. “All that just makes you feel a part of it. I’d rather be on the ice, but at this point on it’s different.
Should Gagne get the nod, well, I cannot think of any other expression than, “[expletive deleted] yea!” However, I cannot imagine Coach Darryl Sutter would tinker with the mechanical beast lineup the Kings have showcased thus far in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Gagne is healthy and, undoubtedly, willing.
However, this is just a case of “Simon” Says.
It’s the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals for the Los Angeles Kings.
[insert immense amount of chills here]